Wisconsin will be a little thinner along the defensive line on Saturday in its home opener against Central Michigan.

Thursday, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that nose tackle Bryson Williams will not be available for the Badgers on Saturday. The defensive lineman is battling through an injury this week.

Williams, a sophomore, played in Wisconsin’s 49-0 win over USF on Friday. He registered one solo stop in the season opener.

Last season, Williams appeared in all 13 games for the Badgers, making 12 total tackles, which includes six solo stops. He also credited with one pass defended in the 8-5 campaign.

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Even without Williams, Wisconsin should be able to take care of Central Michigan without much issue. The Chippewas are in a rebuilding mode under new head coach Jim McElwain following an abysmal season last year.

Saturday will mark the first time Central Michigan and Wisconsin have played on the gridiron.