Many Nebraska coaches and players noted that the bye week could not have come at a better time for the team to rest up and get healthy. The Husker have their fair share of injuries after playing against Ohio State while missing multiple players in the secondary, their starting running back who has been out for weeks and picking up a few new injuries during the game.
On Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, Mike Riley provided some updates to the injury situation as the team heads into the bye week before taking on Purdue on Oct. 28 on the road in primetime. Riley stated that he didn’t think safety Joshua Kalu (hamstring) or wide receiver JD Spielman (shoulder) would be able to play this week if there was a game but Kalu and Spielman should be back by the end of the week and ready to practice Monday.
Riley also noted that he is optimistic that safeties Antonio Reed (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) will be able to make it back for the Purdue game. That means three of the Huskers safeties are at least probable for the showdown in West Lafayette against a team that likes to play in space while on offense.
After attempting to practice twice last week then not being able to finish, starting running back Tre Bryant’s status has remained up in the air. The topic of him taking a medical redshirt came up for the first time during media availability last Monday and Riley mentioned it on the call saying that his coaches are having "ongoing discussions" with Tre Bryant about a potential redshirt during this bye week with no conclusion yet.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.