"Zaire Anderson had a MRI today and he's going to have season ending knee-surgery," said Pelini. "He was really coming along, but it is what it is. He'll recover fully. It surprised us all, but the kid's hurting."
Anderson made his first start on Saturday, actually playing through the injury. No one knew the severity of the injury until Tuesday.
"I was still going to practice today, after I took my MRI this morning, but the coaches at the meeting asked if I had gone to the trainer yet. When I went, they told me that I had a torn ACL," said Anderson. "I just have to try to get stronger and recover from this. I have to keep studying and try to learn the plays. I have to get the system down the best I can even though I'm not playing, and come back here next year and be productive."
Pelini feels the junior college transfer might have a case for a medial redshirt. Anderson did not redshirt in junior college and has played less than 30 percent of the snaps for the Huskers. On Saturday, he collected three tackles in his first action.
"It's hard to tell what the overall impact will be because he really only played in one game, and David Santos has also progressed, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis told the media, including the Lincoln Journal Star. "I'm trying to keep it in perspective a little bit.
"Really I feel bad for Zaire, because I know how down he is."