Wisconsin's Nick Toon to sit out spring ball

Wisconsin will be without its top returning receiver this spring as Nick Toon sits out following offseason foot surgery.

Coach Bret Bielema announced Monday that Toon, who ranked second on the team in both receptions (36) and receiving yards (459) last season, will be sidelined for the spring. The Badgers open spring ball Tuesday.

Toon, a two-year starter, missed three games in 2010 with turf toe and saw his production decline from 2009, when he racked up 805 receiving yards. He made the right call to return to Madison for his senior season and provides a proven target for Wisconsin's new starting quarterback.

The Badgers return two starting receivers in Toon and Jared Abbrederis, although they're looking for more options.

Bielema also said Monday that quarterback Curt Phillips and offensive tackle Josh Oglesby both will have limited participation in spring ball following knee surgeries.