A knee injury Spencer Long suffered in the win over Purdue Saturday wasn’t as bad as originally feared. Unfortunately, it’s serious enough to likely sideline the offensive lineman for the remainder of the year.
During his teleconference Tuesday, head coach Bo Pelini confirmed that the senior right guard will undergo surgery to repair the damage in his left knee. What that damage is specifically was not divulged.
While Pelini didn’t concretely state it was a season-ending injury, he all but said exactly that.
“Spencer’s out and he’ll be getting surgery on Thursday,” said Pelini. “Fortunately, for him we don’t think it was as bad as obviously it could have been but it looks like he’ll be out for the year. But the prognosis going forward looks a little bit better.”
Long’s absence will be a huge one for the Cornhuskers.
He was first-team All-Big Ten (coaches) and second-team All-American (Associated Press) last season. One of four team captains for the 2013 season, Long had started the first six games this year to extend his personal streak to 33 straight starts.