MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon walked the sideline with his typical gait, as if he were taking a breather following another long touchdown.
The Big Ten's leading rusher looked this week like he was over an apparent left knee injury that came from a hit last week against Ohio State, and that he'd be ready to play this weekend if the Badgers had a game.
"It looked pretty bad, let's just say that," Gordon said.
Trainers worked on him and he was back up and around soon enough, raring to get back into the game.
"But they wanted to hold me out to see if everything was OK. It is," Gordon said.
The Badgers' bye week comes at an opportune time for Gordon.
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I'm completely fine. Got lucky, dodged a bullet."
Wisconsin fans can breathe easy. Gordon (139.6 yards per game) plans to rejoin James White on Oct. 12 against Northwestern to reunite the Badgers' one-two backfield punch.
The third-year sophomore joined other veterans who got an early respite from practice Tuesday. Wisconsin is 3-2 going into the bye, with both losses coming on the road to ranked teams (Ohio State and Arizona State) by seven points or less.
Gordon seemed on track for a fifth-straight 100-yard game before he left the game at the end of the third quarter with 15 carries for 74 yards against the tough Ohio State defense.
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