Badgers' Cichy out for season with torn ACL

In this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy (48) tackles Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard during a game in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

MADISON (WLUK) -- The Wisconsin Badgers will be without one of their top defensive players in 2017.

Linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice on Tuesday, the school announced. Surgery is scheduled for Friday.

"You hate it for Jack," head coach Paul Chryst said in a news release. "You only get so many chances to play this game and you never want to see a guy miss any of those opportunities. He's one of the leaders of our team and I know he'll be a big part of what we do moving forward this season."

Cichy was named honorable mention All-Big Ten last year, even though he missed the Badgers' final seven games with a pectoral tear. He still had 60 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

The native of Somerset was named on the watch lists for the 2017 Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy.