Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy out for 2017 season after ACL tear

Cichy had 60 tackles in seven games in 2016. (Getty)

One of Wisconsin’s best defensive players is out for the 2017 season.

The Badgers announced Thursday that senior linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a torn ACL in practice Tuesday. Surgery is scheduled for Friday.

“You hate it for Jack,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. “You only get so many chances to play this game and you never want to see a guy miss any of those opportunities. He’s one of the leaders of our team and I know he’ll be a big part of what we do moving forward this season.”

It’s the second-straight season that Cichy has suffered a major injury. He played in the first seven games last season for the Badgers before suffering a torn pectoral muscle vs. Iowa on Oct. 22. He had 60 tackles in those seven games, 1.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.

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Cichy entered the 2017 season as one of two projected starters at inside linebacker.

In 2015, Cichy started four games and played in all 13 of Wisconsin’s contests. He had 60 tackles. After playing as a true freshman in 2013, he redshirted in 2014. Because his ACL tear comes before the season, Cichy and Wisconsin could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility via a medical redshirt.

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