By TOM LEA
MADISON – During his four years at Wisconsin, fullback Bradie Ewing never really suffered an injury serious enough for him to consider utilizing his redshirt year. As his career developed — he started as a walk-on running back before emerging as one of the nation's top fullbacks — it was evident he would have a future at the professional level.
Unfortunately for Ewing, his most serious injury (a torn ACL) happened during his first NFL preseason game. One of the more exciting times in his life ended with a jolt earlier this week.
He will miss the entire 2012 NFL season.
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, busy with his team during the first full week of fall camp, has not had the opportunity to physically chat with Ewing since the injury, but did say the two have exchanged upwards of 20 text messages after it happened.
“Obviously I feel for Bradie and everything he’s went through to get to where he is,” Bielema said. “We were shooting back and forth some texts last night. I did text him and tried to lighten him up.
“On a lighter note, you’ve got a redshirt year you’ve never used. He saw a little humor in that.”
Ewing was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He will be placed on injured reserve as he begins the rehab and healing process with his right knee.
“Knowing Bradie as we all know,” Bielema said. “The big man upstairs only tests those who can handle it. Bradie is a tremendous man of strength and I think he’ll come back stronger than ever.”
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