The injury-plagued Wisconsin Badger defense gets one starter back, but it may take more time to return to full strength. Cornerback Faion Hicks is expected to play Saturday against the Northwestern Wildcats. The status of safeties D’Cota Dixon, Scott Nelson and Reggie Pearson may not be clear until game day. It’s possible Eric Burrell and Evan Bondoc will be paired at safety again Saturday. Bondoc made the most of his first career start by intercepting a pass, forcing a fumble and recording one-and-a-half tackles for loss against Illinois.