Sorgi out, Shabert to start against Northwestern

Updated: October 20, 2003, 3:29 PM ET

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi had knee surgery and will miss Saturday's game against Northwestern, forcing backup Matt Schabert into the starting role.

Coach Barry Alvarez declined to give specifics on Sorgi's injury Monday, citing new federal privacy laws. But Sorgi is expected to return by the Nov. 8 game at Minnesota.

The Badgers have a week off after playing Northwestern.

The knee injury capped off a rough week for Sorgi. He was choked in a win over Ohio State on Oct. 11 and forced out of the game because he had trouble barking out the signals.

He was hurt Saturday as he tried to scramble and was brought down awkwardly, with his legs getting caught up underneath him.

Alvarez said Sorgi's knee had been bothering him and he was already scheduled to have surgery after the Northwestern game. He described the surgery as minor.

Schabert, who threw the winning touchdown pass against Ohio State, will start his first collegiate game after limited action in his time at Wisconsin.

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