Injury bug in Lincoln?

Nebraska is dealing with a rash of injuries over the last week.

LINCOLN, Neb. - It might not necessarily be called an injury bug, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers have had a rash of injuries over the last week, which could play a factor going forward.

On Monday, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's first question during his weekly press conference was regarding senior running back Rex Burkhead, who has battled a MCL sprain since week one. Against Northwestern, the All-Big Ten performer re-injured the MCL in the first quarter and was forced to sit out the rest of the game. This coming after leaving the Ohio State game two weeks prior.

"We will proceed cautiously," said Pelini regarding Burkhead's status. "He's a lot better today. It's not as bad as it was at Ohio State. The best I can tell you it's day-to-day."

Pelini says Burkhead will have a big say in how he's feeling, but ultimately his status will be up to team doctors and trainers.

"He felt really good coming into the game. He practiced and didn't have any issues in practice," said Pelini. "We would probably be inclined to let him rest for a week, but I really don't know how it's going to play out.

"He's frustrated. He's obviously disappointed to be dealing with this."

The senior only has 47 attempts over seven games, racking up just over 400 yards.

Burkhead isn't the only starter dealing with an injury.

Starting defensive tackle Chase Rome missed Saturday's contest with a head injury (possible concussion). On Monday, Pelini said he's close to returning, but his practice status on Monday is doubtful.

At the same position, redshirt freshman Kevin Williams didn't make the trip to Evanston, despite being cleared medically just prior to the Huskers departing.

"We thought it would be best to give him some time," said Pelini. "He's ready."

One spot over at defensive end, true freshman Avery Moss will have season ending shoulder surgery. While Moss has played in a few contests, it's the hope of the staff the Arizona native receives a medical redshirt.

One of the bigger story-lines on Saturday was the status of cornerback Josh Mitchell, who made the trip to Northwestern, but was in street clothes on the sidelines.

Mitchell rolled his ankle on Wednesday last week during practice and was not healthy enough to play against the Wildcats. While Pelini said he's feeling better, his status for Saturday is also questionable. This season, Mitchell has been the Huskers most consistent corner.

Other players who are banged up, but are probable for Nebraska's matchup Saturday against Michigan include: Quincy Enunwa (shoulder), Tim Marlowe (clavicle), and Jeremiah Sirles (ankle).

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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