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LJS: Anthony Blue Likely to Redshirt

Bo Pelini tells the Lincoln Journal-Star that while it looks like cornerback Anthony Blue's recovert is looking good, it's looking unlikely that he'll play this season.

“I don’t think we’ll have him for the year, but I think he’s going to make it back to 100 percent — which I think for a while was a little bit questionable," Pelini said.

“You don’t want to rush him back. Who knows? He’s missed a lot of football. As times goes by, it becomes increasingly apparent to us it’s probably better to let him rest, get his knee back underneath him. For us, and for him.”

Personally, I've been hoping that Blue would redshirt this season.  I recently came across an interview with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews where he said that muscle strength is down 15 to 20 percent nine months after ACL surgery.  In that article, the focus was on the impact on quarterbacks, though the story noted that recovery was easier on quarterbacks than on defensive backs.

Perhaps it was wishful thinking where fans thought that Blue could return this season, but a redshirt is really the smart decision here.