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Good news for the Big Red – Thursday practice updates

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The Huskers received good news today from head coach Mike Riley in relation to several different injuries the team had sustained this fall.

Riley mentioned that senior safety Joshua Kalu and senior linebacker Marcus Newby should be back in action this weekend against Wisconsin.  Both would be eased back into competition after hamstring injuries so Husker fans should continue to see Antonio Reed at safety as they work Kalu back into the swing of things.

The best injury news from coach Riley was that in addition to those two starters, the Huskers have cleared senior cornerback Chris Jones to play after practicing most of the week.  Jones is thought to be an NFL talent at cornerback and will provide a boost to the Huskers depth at cornerback as he joins the fray again.

“(Jones) looks good…looks fine, looks confident,” Riley said. “Even though it has been a long time since he played football, it is good to have him back. He’s in pretty good shape. Both the medical staff and Chris (Jones) did a great job. Chris is very excited about his health and how he feels.”

In addition to the positive injury news for the defense, Riley indicated that senior right tackle David Knevel would be eligible to play this weekend. Riley stated that the offensive line would keep its current lineup with Michael Decker at center and Brenden Jaimes at right tackle as Knevel works back into the rotation at tackle and gets closer to 100% again.

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