It appears the University of Wisconsin will go the extra mile — many extra miles, actually — to help running back Corey Clement return to the field as quickly as possible.
The junior was scheduled to travel to Munich, Germany, on Tuesday to receive sports hernia surgery from specialist Ulrike Muschaweck, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Muschaweck has performed sports hernia surgeries for more than 25 years and is known worldwide for creating the “minimal repair technique” that allows athletes to return to training within a few days.
UW officials would not confirm the details of Clement’s surgery.
UW will be able to pay for any costs not covered by Clement’s insurance policy, according to senior associate athletic director Justin Doherty.
Bylaw 16.4 of the NCAA Division I Manual states, “An institution, conference or the NCAA may provide medical and related expenses and services to a student-athlete.”
“That bylaw obviously leaves each individual institution the latitude to handle these types of expenses in a manner that best fits the institution’s means and philosophies,” Doherty said in an email Wednesday.
“In our case, we operate as follows. For any student-athlete who sustains an athletics-related injury, our medical personnel (team doctors and athletic trainers) decide the best course of action for treating said injury. … There is no ‘out-of-pocket’ expense to the student-athlete or his/her family.”
Clement suffered what he thought was a groin injury Sept. 1 and attempted to play in the Badgers’ season-opening game against Alabama four days later.
He was limited to 10 touches in that game and made his injury worse.
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After weeks of rehabbing, Clement finally received an ultrasound and MRI last week that revealed he had two sports hernias.
UW released a statement Thursday saying Clement would miss four to six weeks after surgery.
Clement will almost certainly miss games against Iowa (Saturday), Nebraska (Oct. 10), Purdue (Oct. 17) and Illinois (Oct. 24). If he misses six weeks, he’ll also sit out against Rutgers (Oct. 31) and Maryland (Nov. 7).
Clement said Thursday that if the Badgers don’t have a good chance to win the Big Ten West Division title by the time he’s healthy he would consider sitting out the entire season and taking a medical redshirt.
Jacobs expected to play
UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda expects inside linebacker Leon Jacobs (foot) to play Saturday.
Jacobs practiced Wednesday after resting on Tuesday, and Aranda said he’ll do more in practice today.
The junior was ejected in the first quarter of the Badgers’ win over Troy and lost his starting job to Chris Orr after the true freshman recorded 14 tackles against the Trojans.
Jacobs then injured his foot on his first series against Hawaii last week.
Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said Tuesday that he’s hopeful tight end Troy Fumagalli (thumb) will also return this week.