Less than two weeks before his Lincoln debut, Mike Riley has been forced to deal with a significant blow to his offense — and special teams as well.
Nebraska announced early Wednesday afternoon that De’Mornay Pierson-El will miss a period of 6-8 weeks because of a foot injury. Pierson-El sustained the injury, the exact nature of which wasn’t detailed, during Tuesday’s practice.
As previously noted, the wide receiver’s absence will impact two of the Cornhuskers’ three units.
As a true freshman last season, Pierson-El started six games, catching 23 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns. His 17.9 yards per punt return was good for second nationally, while his three returns for touchdowns was tied for tops in the country.
He was a consensus Freshman All-American.
Given the 6-8 week timeline, Pierson-El will certainly miss all four games the first month of the season: Sept. 5 vs. BYU, Sept. 12 vs. South Alabama, Sept. 19 at Miami and Sept. 26 vs. Southern Miss. The long end of the prognosis could see him miss the next two games against Illinois (Oct. 3) and the crucial Big Ten West showdown against Wisconsin (Oct. 10).
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