Ameer Abdullah expected back for Wisconsin

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini thinks his star running back will be back to 100 percent against the Badgers

LINCOLN, Neb. - There was a simultaneous sigh of relief today across Husker nation, when Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini announced running back Ameer Abdullah should be close to 100 percent against Wisconsin on Nov. 15.

“That’s my anticipation right now,” said Pelini on the Big Ten teleconference. “That’s just my guess as things stand right now. That could always change.

This isn’t the first time Pelini has had to deal with his star running back and a knee injury. In 2012, senior Rex Burkhead had a MCL sprain the severely dampened his season, giving Abdullah a chance for extra reps. Burkhead’s injury lingered for much of the year, but Pelini said Abdullah’s situation is different.

“It’s a lot lesser degree to what Rex’s (Burkhead) was,” said Pelini. “He’s doing great.”

Abdullah, the nation's leading rushing coming into last weekend, left with sprained knee early in the first quarter of Nebraska's matchup with Purdue on Saturday. A halftime MRI quickly revealed it was a mild sprain and a knee bruise.

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 Nebraska quarterback Tommy 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."

The Huskers (8-1, 4-1) are on a bye week, which will allow the Nebraska coaching staff to get an early jump on the Badgers before hitting the road recruiting.

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