Northwestern has issued its official injury report for Saturday's home contest against No. 16 Wisconsin (Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. ET).
Despite Smith's continued absence from the starting lineup, this is the healthiest Northwestern has been since the opening weeks of the season. Linebacker Ben Johnson and guard Desmond Taylor, both of whom have started games this season, are off the injury report after missing the last few games. Smith told me Wednesday that he expects to play in Northwestern's bowl game, which is good news for the playmaking senior. Brian Peters once again gets the start in Smith's spot alongside Brad Phillips. Taylor is listed as the backup right guard on this week's depth chart, while Johnson could see some time at linebacker as Northwestern tries to bring down Wisconsin star running back John Clay.