T.J. Edwards has battled some nagging injuries throughout summer workouts and fall camp. Mostly, the star linebacker has been nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined periodically during the preseason.

But Edwards is expected to be a full participant on Friday night as the Badgers host Western Kentucky in the season opener at Camp Randall Stadium. He also says he should be fully prepared for the Week 1 contest.

Edwards spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, talking about his hamstring injury and whether or not he feels like he can play in Friday’s game. It comes as no surprise that the anchor at linebacker has no plans of missing Friday’s matchup.

“It feels good now,” Edwards said of his hamstring. “That is why I took this time now to let it sit. I needed it and I feel really good now.”

Last season, Edwards served as a do-it-all linebacker on a spectacular Wisconsin defense. He finished the 2017 campaign with 81 tackles, 11 for loss, seven pass break-ups and four interceptions.