LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey is out at least four weeks with a groin injury, per head coach Mike Riley.
The junior linebacker was suspended for the Huskers' first contest against BYU, but has registered 14 tackles in the last two contests against South Alabama and Miami.
Rose missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
In addition, middle linebacker Josh Banderas missed the South Alabama game with a sore groin and still is not 100 percent, despite playing against Miami on Saturday.
"I’m disappointed in that, just because I was excited about (linebackers Josh Banderas, Dedrick Young and Rose-Ivey) getting healthy and getting to play together as a group that we would term “the starters,” which I guess has been one time now," said Riley. "We haven’t had that, but in the meantime, what we do in nickel, and the fact that, hopefully, Josh Banderas gets really healthy and feeling good, we play two regular linebackers in our nickel defense, so I think we’ll be all right there with Dedrick and Josh, for instance, that would be playing. I think we’re strengthened by the fact that Luke Gifford has played a lot of football for us, and Marcus Newby played a lot in the game before, so guys have gotten experience playing, and that helps us a little bit. It’s just too bad that trio (Banderas, Young and Rose-Ivey) couldn’t stay together and play together for a bit, because I think that’s a good group, but these other guys will step in and play, and they’ve got experience.”
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