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Huskers working through injuries

On a brisk Thursday afternoon, coach Riley met with the media to update the status of several injured Huskers who have been on the fence to play this weekend against Northwestern. Looking at the depth chart it feels more and more like the Huskers have put together several MASH units with the offensive line, running backs, wide receiver, and linebacker position groups all working through a wide variety of large and small injuries.

At a position that has been hit hard by injuries, Riley dished a little positive news as safeties Antonio Reed and Aaron Williams returned to practice this week telling reporters, “Aaron Williams has practiced for the first time today and will be available, not necessarily full time if everything went well today. Antonio Reed has practiced some and we anticipate him being able to play some role.”

Outside linebacker Luke Gifford, continues to work through a nagging hip injury and is expected to be out for the game this weekend. The Huskers are thin at his position as Tyrin Ferguson has been battling turf toe this season and is unlikely to play behind him. Look for Marcus Newby to continue to carry the load until they’re able to return.

On the other side of the ball, freshman running back Jaylin Bradley is dealing with a sprained ankle he sustained in the Purdue game that it wasn’t healing up as quickly as coaches had hoped for. His official status for the game falls under “We will see” according to Riley.

With Jaylin Bradley questionable for this weekend and Tre Bryant out for the season, Riley spoke about confidently about the rest of the running backs being able to carry the load.

“I certainly think we have capable runners, we just have to do a good job of playing around them and supporting them by good blocking.”

Senior right tackle David Knevel has been working back to get back to 100% the last few weeks and took snaps this week as he continues his recovery. If needed, he would be able to play in place of true freshman Brenden James who has been holding down the position in his stead. 

As mentioned previously in the week, starting center Michael Decker is unlikely to return this season and right guard Tanner Farmer’s season remains in the air.  Husker fans will see redshirt freshman Matt Farniok, who on a positive note, was pushing for the starting job as the season went on.

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