Unfortunately for both the player and the program, Jerald Foster‘s injury is significantly worse than first thought.
Foster (pictured, No. 67) sustained a knee injury in practice earlier this week that was initially expected to sideline the starting left guard for a month. Instead, head coach Mike Riley confirmed, Foster will be lost for the entire 2016 season.
The sophomore sustained a tear in his MCL that will require surgery to repair.
“We’re really disappointed for a number of reasons, and first of all, Jerald had just put in a ton of work,” Riley said according to the Omaha World-Herald. “He was so invested into getting to where he was. So we will miss him.”
Foster played in 13 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He was the starting left guard in spring practice, and maintained that standing through summer camp until his injury.
Corey Whitaker was listed as Foster’s backup, but he’ll be sidelined for two weeks with his own injury. Either redshirt freshman Jalin Barnett and true freshman Boe Wilson will likely start the opener against Fresno State Sept. 3.