Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah has sprained MCL, bruise

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Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah has mild MCL sprain
Monday November 3rd, 2014

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah has a bruise and a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, suffered in Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Abdullah was injured in the first quarter of Nebraska’s 35-14 victory over the Boilermakers when he tried to recover a fumbled snap by quarterback Tommy Armstrong on a fourth-and-goal play.

Abdullah had one rushing yard on six carries before leaving the game. His two replacements, Imani Cross and Terrell Newby, combined for 108 yards.

Nebraska (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) has next week off before returning to action at Wisconsin on Nov. 15.

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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini did not say anything about Abdullah’s availability for the team’s next game during his postgame press conference and is expected to discuss it during a Tuesday conference call with the media.

“Ameer's a great player, but he's not Superman,” Pelini said to the Omaha World-Herald. “I don't think that affected our other guys. If anything, it should make them want to rise up and play that much harder and rally around each other when a great player goes down. Let's not read too much into it.”

Abdullah's 1,250 rushing yards are fifth-most in the nation. He has also added 17 touchdowns, plus 13 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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