Decker out of Wisconsin game with lingering ankle injury

Updated: November 11, 2008, 3:17 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Minnesota junior wide receiver Eric Decker will miss Saturday's game at Wisconsin with a high ankle sprain, head coach Tim Brewster said Tuesday.

Decker, who leads the Big Ten in receptions (74) and ranks second in receiving yards (892), originally sustained the left ankle injury in the third quarter of a Nov. 1 loss to Northwestern. He tried to play last Saturday against Michigan, but sat out most of the game.

"I don't think it was re-aggravated at all," Brewster said. "He was trying to fight through it and play. We feel [holding him out] is in the best interest of Eric Decker."

Minnesota struggled without Decker in a 29-6 loss to Michigan, mustering just one first down and 46 total yards in the first half.

Freshman Brandon Green and sophomore Ralph Spry, who returns to the lineup this week following a two-game suspension, will take on a greater load against the Badgers (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

Brewster is optimistic Decker can return for Minnesota's regular-season finale against Iowa on Nov. 22.

Adam Rittenberg covers the Big Ten for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com