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Nebraska RB done for the day with MCL sprain

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Nebraska’s season opener against Southern Miss wasn’t projected to be an easy game by any stretch. Now, things just got a little tougher for the Cornhuskers.

Starting running back Rex Burkhead has a sprained MCL and will not return to the game, ESPN announced during the broadcast. Burkhead had three carries for 68 yards and a touchdown before sustaining the injury.

Heading into halftime, coach Bo Pelini said the injury was “nothing long term.”

Burkhead was a workhorse for the Cornhuskers last season and figured to be an equally vital part of the offense in 2012. Quarterback Taylor Martinez looks improved, but there’s little substitute for the experience and toughness Burkhead brings to that Nebraska backfield.

Nebraska leads USM 21-14 late in the second quarter, but the Golden Eagles are driving.

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3 Responses to “Nebraska RB done for the day with MCL sprain”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Sep 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    I love burkhead, but we have loads of running backs. I am worried about our defense. The upside is Martinez has pulled his head out of his a$$.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Sep 1, 2012 5:04 PM

    and our o-line.

  3. bucsrulez24 says: Sep 1, 2012 11:44 PM

    Our o line looked dominate. I don’t know what your talking about but they basically dominated the front 7 of southern miss and a stat that people might miss is that we had only two penalties for 30 yards. Our D looked shaky yes but they didn’t one quart back in the game for more then a quarter. It’s the first game we looked crisp on offense and yes our d needs a little work same with the special teams woof.

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