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Injury bug bites the Huskers yet again

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With a handful of impactful players making their return after the bye week Mike Riley announced that the injury bug had reared its head once again. Riley updated the status of several players and its a punch in the gut for the football team who was finally starting to look healthy.

On the offensive side of the ball, the status of running back Jaylin Bradley is questionable this week as he sprained his ankle late in the game. That’s a big blow for the Huskers running back stable as Bradley provided a spark for the offense in the fourth quarter.

After a very promising emergence at the center position, Michael Decker went down twice in the Purdue game and as of this morning, Riley believes he will be out for the remainder of the season. Junior Cole Conrad will start at Center position this weekend with redshirt freshman John Raridon backing him up.

Another big blow for the offensive line during the Purdue game was the loss of right guard Tanner Farmer. Riley stated that he is out for “an extended period of time” and will definitely miss the Northwestern game. The silver lining is that redshirt freshman Matt Farniok was pushing for starting reps the last two weeks and was a suitable backup in the Purdue game. Farniok will get the start in Farmer’s absence with redshirt freshman Boe Wilson sliding into the #2 position.

Flipping to the defensive side of things, outside linebacker backup Tyrin Ferguson has gone from being questionable to also out for, “an extended period of time”. Ferguson is believed to have a nagging turf toe injury and will likely miss the next 2-3 games as the backup to Marcus Newby and Luke Gifford at the DOG position.

Speaking of Luke Gifford, he is listed as questionable for a second week in a row with a nagging hip injury that doesn’t appear to be getting much better. With Marcus Newby healthy look for coach Diaco to rest Gifford another week to help with his recovery. Walk-on Jacob Weinmaster backed up Newby against Purdue and will likely do again against Northwestern this weekend.

After getting back three safeties over the bye week the defense took a big hit with Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed both leaving the field in the Purdue game. Reed re-injured his knee and is listed as questionable and Williams aggravated his neck and is also questionable this weekend. Marquel Dismuke will again see a healthy amount of playing time against Northwestern alongside Joshua Kalu.

Cornerback Eric Lee Jr is also being closely monitored this week after sustaining a concussion during the Purdue game. He will undergo the Huskers concussion protocol this week and an update on his status will likely emerge on Thursday or Friday.

Last, but certainly not least, holder Zach Darlington was held back in Lincoln for the Purdue game thanks to what sounds like mono. Backup punter Isaac Armstrong took over the holding duties in the kicking game and didn’t flinch. Look for Darlington to hopefully return this weekend if the illness doesn’t linger on.

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