Riley announces Nebraska suspensions
Mike Riley announced suspensions to five players following Thursday’s practice.
Linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, cornerback Jonathan Rose, tight end Cethan Carter, defensive end Joe Keels and offensive lineman Robby Painter will all miss at least one game.
Riley wouldn’t address whether or not those suspensions would last longer than a game. He initially announced the suspensions three weeks ago and initially said that he wouldn’t make any announcements until before the start of Saturday’s game against BYU.
Rose-Ivey was expected to start at outside linebacker while Carter was the projected first team tight end.
Nebraska will have to shut down one of the nation’s top dual threat quarterbacks without the services of arguably their most talented linebacker.
“There’s no doubt this is not helpful,” Riley said. “There’s obviously some good players in that group right there and guys that have been right in the mix. We’ve been able to plan for it for a while and prepare the other people.”
Nebraska’s only other major starter expected to miss Week 1 is De’Mornay Pierson-El, who is out with a foot injury for the first month of the season.