Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said consistency in execution offensively and defensively is what he wants to see most in final four regular-season games.
“You look at the last game and we had two drops on third down, that hurts your drives,” Chryst said. “Defensively, are we containing what we need to contain. The focus has to be how do you play better football.”
“It’s a challenge with his physical size and you add the scheme to it,” Chryst said. “They do a great job with the slot (receivers). Across the board, they may present the biggest challenge offensively with the style and their ability to run the football. They commit to that. Our guys have to play sound defense.
Hopkins chose not to answer questions about why he left practice on Friday, but said he came back and played on Sunday because he plays football for a living.
“I don’t get into the political thing,” Hopkins said. “So what I did today on the field, that’s what I do for a living.”
According to Shanahan, receiver Pierre Garcon (neck) is going to be questionable this week and he’s also hopeful that cornerback K’Waun Williams (quadriceps), running back Matt Breida (knee), guard Brandon Fusco (biceps) and linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle/ribs) will have a chance to play Sunday against Arizona. Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones (knee) is not expected to be available.
Though Shanahan and his players have been quick to remind that injuries are an issue for every team in the league, he did acknowledge that this was a first for him in terms of the sheer volume of injured players.