That sound you may have heard late Saturday afternoon was the entire state of Nebraska letting out a simultaneous exhale.
In the first quarter of Nebraska’s game against Purdue, Ameer Abdullah sustained an injury to his left knee. The running back injured it recovering a fumble by quarterback Tommy Armstrong and didn’t return.
Following the 35-14 win, Bo Pelini expressed optimism that the injury, officially being called a sprained MCL after an MRI was performed, wasn’t serious or long-term in nature.
“I think Ameer just has a mild sprain and a little bit of a bruise on the side where he got hit,” the head coach said in quotes distributed by the school. “We’re very optimistic there.”
Another good piece of news is how the schedule sets up. Prior to the huge Big Ten West showdown with Wisconsin Nov. 15, NU will be on its final bye of the season.
That will give the start back an extra week to recover and adds to Pelini’s optimism, although the coach declined to say with absolute certainty the senior will be available.
“I’m optimistic about that, yeah,” Pelini said when asked if he thought Abdullah would play against the Badgers. “But I can’t say for sure, and I don’t know that.”
Abdullah entered the game leading the nation in rushing with 1,249 yards. Prior to the injury, he had just one yard on six carries.