Nebraska's top LB out for four weeks
The hits keep coming for Nebraska.
After falling 36-33 in overtime to Miami on Saturday, the injury bug bit the Huskers again.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced on Monday that starting linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey will be out four weeks with a groin injury. To make matters worse, defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
Rose-Ivey, who was suspended for the first game of the first game of the season for an off-field issue, was hoping to solidify the middle of the Husker defense. Despite only playing in two games, Rose-Ivey was third on the team with 14 tackles, two of which were for a loss.
Arguably the team’s top linebacker, the Huskers were thin at the position coming into 2015.
Valentine will also create a hole in the Husker defense playing alongside preseason All-Big Ten selection Maliek Collins. The junior has seven tackles on the season.
The Huskers were already dealing with the loss of defensive end Jack Gangwish, who could be out until November after getting injured on the Hail Mary pass in the BYU game.
Defensive leader Nate Gerry briefly was sidelined during Saturday’s game but he returned to action.
Nebraska is 1-2 for just the second time since 1960. The Huskers’ depleted defense will look to get back on track when it hosts Southern Mississippi on Saturday.