Bo Pelini hopes to see Ameer Abdullah – candidate for the Heisman Trophy – return after the team’s week off, and is very optimistic to see him back in action. Price per head services saw the player leave Nebraska’s game against Purdue after an injury to the knee. However, his return is not certain.
The RB suffered a mild strain to his left knee’s MCL after he dived for a fumble recovery on a play in the fourth-down close to the goal line. The Purdue Boilermakers were beaten 35-14 by the Nebraska Hornhuskers.
“I can’t say for sure,” said Pelini about the player possibly featuring on November 15 at Wisconsin. “I don’t know that.”
But many of the player’s fans believe that he’ll make it.
Abdullah, who became the top rusher in the country, had a sleeve put on and after one missed possession he went back to the game. On a lone carry, the player was hit for a loss of 5 yards, and the game was then over for him.
The coach said an MRI showed a minor strain in the player’s knee.
Abdullah was able to finish for 1 yard with six carries made.
The Cornhusker’s next meeting was seen as a duel of two of the top RB’s in the country – Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Abdullah.
Terrell Newby and Imani Cross took Abdullah’s place, as on 29 carries the players combined to rush for three TD’s and 108 yards.
Nebraska’s fans were very happy when they saw that after the Cornhuskers beat Purdue, they were able to make it to 8-1 overall for the very first time since 2010, and in Big Ten play they’re 4-1.
According to Pelini, Abdullah’s absence didn’t have a negative impact on his offensive teammates’ mindsets, who at times were struggling. The Cornhuskers finished with a season low of 297 yards.
“Ameer’s a great player, but he’s not Superman,” said Pelini. “I don’t think that affected other guys. If anything, it should make them want to rise up and play that much harder and rally around each other.”
Nebraska’s fans and price per head agents hope to see Abdullah make a proper recovery, as they know what a key piece he is to the team. Many fans are also very optimistic, and are confident that they’ll see the player back on the field very soon, however, they also know that taking good care of his knee is crucial at this point.