The knee injury that Nebraska senior offensive guard Spencer Long suffered on the opening series against Purdue likely will end his season and his Husker football career. During the weekly Big Ten conference call, Pelini noted that the injury wasn't as bad as originally feared, but that surgery would still be needed. Long, a second-team all-American in 2012, was injured on the back end of a play away from the ball.
Junior Mike Moudy is the leading candidate to replace Long in the Nebraska starting lineup. Ryne Reeves and Givens Price likely will also see more action as a result. Pelini is also considering burning the redshirt of junior college-transfer Chongo Kondolo, who hasn't seen action in Nebraska's first six games of the season. Last week, Kondolo was practicing with the top two units, and assistant coach John Garrison said last Friday that injuries would allow them to keep Kondolo on the bench.
I'm still not sure you want to burn Kondolo's redshirt at this point, but with the toughest part of the season ahead in November, Nebraska may not have a choice if they don't believe that Moudy, Reeves, and Price are workable alternatives.
In other injury news, quarterback Taylor Martinez is still limited with his lateral movements due to his toe injury, and continues to be listed as "day to day".