Video Sessions -- Patrice Bergeron was fine, too

Rudock, Weisman ready to go for Saturday's Purdue game

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March 28, 2014 | 11:02 pm

When the players and the trainers/doctors speak on the sidelines, it always looks like labor negotiations.

One side pleads for one thing, while the other states its case for something else. Eventually, compromises are made and middle ground is reached.

You all saw that last week with QB Jake Rudock. The trainers/doctors looked, talked and, ultimately, Rudock was held out of the game. That is something Rudock didn't particularly want to do. He stated flatly Tuesday that you always want to finish the game. He also said he did hurt his knee on the pass from the end zone on a play-action pass (he liked the call) where Wisconsin OLB Ethan Armstrong ended up on top of him.

Rudock and running back Mark Weisman said Tuesday they are good to go. They gave nothing between the lines. Weisman was held out of much of the second half last week with a sprained elbow.

This is just the surface stuff that everyone can see and that they have to cop to. Who knows what else is going on? It's kind of like the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron, after PLAYING in game six, copped to everything that was wrong with him the day after the Blackhawks closed out their STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.

Bergeron suffered torn rib cartilage in Game 4 of the finals, a broken rib on his left side in Game 5 and a separated right shoulder and a punctured left lung in Game 6. The puncture eventually caused the lung to collapse, and Bergeron ended up in the hospital following Game 6, spending three days there.

Football is a different game. Contact is unavoidable. You can play a perimeter game with hockey and try to stay out of contact (Bergeron is not that type of player and did everything he could), but you can't do that in football. You are there to block, tackle or be tackled.

It's early in the week. We'll see what happens.

It doesn't sound good on DE Dominic Alvis. Ferentz said his back injury won't allow him to be back this week and it might be awhile.

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