There isn’t much good news surrounding 3-6 Nebraska right now, and things got worse Monday, when head coach Mike Riley announced that star receiver/return man De’Mornay Pierson-El will miss the remainder of the season after getting injured in Saturday’s loss to Purdue.
According to Riley, Pierson-El blew out his knee and suffered a fractured leg. Pierson-El sustained the injury while celebrating following a Husker touchdown. He was carted off the field during the game and did not return.
“De’Mornay is out for the rest of the year," Riley said. "He’s having surgery soon. He tore up his knee and fractured his leg unbelievably. I feel so bad for that kid. I feel like I just saw him on crutches a few days ago, and here he is again. It’s a sad deal."
It’s a difficult blow for the Huskers. Pierson-El, when healthy, is one of college football’s best return men, and he was slated to become a bigger factor in Nebraska’s offense this season.
Pierson-El missed the first four games of the season with a foot injury. He returned in Nebraska’s loss to Illinois and caught 12 passes over five games with one receiving touchdown. He returned four punts, as well.
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Additionally, running back Terrell Newby has an ankle injury, with Riley labeling questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan State. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly has what Riley called a "severe" toe injury, with the head coach adding, "I’m hopeful that he gets better as the year goes on."
He also updated the status of quarterback Tommy Armstrong after the junior missed the Purdue game with turf toe.
“(Armstrong) certainly looked good yesterday when I went down to the weight room," Riley said. "He was in that machine running, the low-impact deal, the gravity deal. He looked good running in that. He looks good just walking around, and he’ll go through the jog through today. I think the bigger story will be the next two days.”