Abdullah has mild sprain in knee

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah suffered a knee sprain on Saturday against Purdue, but the Huskers are optimistic he will return to action in two weeks against Wisconsin.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Ameer Abdullah, the nation's leading rushing coming into the weekend, left with sprained knee early in the first quarter of Nebraska's matchup with Purdue on Saturday. According to head coach, it was a mild knee sprain.

"We were going to be cautious with him. We were going to do everything we needed to do to make sure we were doing the right thing by Ameer. He already had an MRI and we feel good about where he is," said Pelini, who was asked if he thought he would have him back for Wisconsin in two weeks. "I'm optimistic about that, yeah. But I can't say for sure, and I don't know that."

Thinking he could go, Abdullah returned to action initially after the injury, but got stuffed for a five yard loss. He immediately went to the sidelines to start the icing process.

In his absence, Nebraska received a combined 108 yards on 29 carries from junior Imani Cross and sophomore Terrell Newby.

""The game plan never changed," said Armstrong. "We have athletes all over the field. Unfortunately he went down, but we had guys that stepped up. That's their job. They play every game like they're a starter and they did a great job."

More on the Huskers 35-14 win over Purdue and the latest at the running back position throughout the weekend.

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