Already without the services this week of starting running back, Cory Ross due to a turf-toe, Nebraska could ill-afford to lose any more players on an already thin team. They might have done that as head coach, Bill Callahan stated that yet another starting Husker is questionable as of right now. "Josh Bullocks separated his shoulder in yesterday's practice." He said. "It is a mild-sprain and we are hopeful that we can get him back on the field as well tomorrow."
The absence of either player is significant for the Huskers. Ross, the team's leading rusher and Josh Bullocks, not just the starting free safety, but if Bullocks can't go, the onus will fall upon true sophomore, Andrew Shanle to fill in until he returns.
Callahan looked at the possibility of neither going not as a bad thing for the team, but a good thing for those that haven't gotten as much time. "This is an opportunity for other players to step up." He said. "I thought our other running backs stepped up. Tierre, David Horne and Brandon Jackson of course- they all stepped up and had a good practice."
Another player that could fill in at Josh's spot if vacated is Junior, Shane Siegel, who's listed as the second-string strong safety behind Josh's brother, Daniel.
You might remember that in 1996, Nebraska starting running back, Ahman Green was hampered by a turf-toe for almost the entirety of the season. The year prior, Green had ran for over a thousand yards as he filled in for the suspended, Lawrence Phillips, but couldn't manage to break that barrier his second year primarily due to that turf-toe and a stress fracture. Green still managed to start 10 games.
Ross has been in a boot to help take weight off of that toe when he's not on the field.
The status of both Ross and Bullocks might not be known until the day of the game, but there should be some better details by Thursday night as to whether they are questionable or probable for the weekend down in Manhattan.
Nebraska will resume practice, do their walk-through in Memorial on Friday and leave for Kansas State Friday evening.