Nebraska star out for season with broken leg, knee injury
Bad news continues to hit Nebraska.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced on Monday morning that preseason All-American De’Mornay Pierson-El will be out for the season after breaking his leg and “tearing up his knee” in Saturday’s loss to Purdue.
“I feel so bad for that kid,” Riley said on Monday.
The sophomore appeared to suffer the injury running over to celebrate Stanley Morgan’s touchdown during the first half. He was on the field for several minutes and carted off. ESPNU refused to show the replay because of how gruesome the injury looked.
This was the best shot you could see from the broadcast.
The injury. pic.twitter.com/2yRcJ8onc8
— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) October 31, 2015
The season-ending injury was the second blow to what was supposed to be a breakout year for Pierson-El in Riley’s offense. He was out for the first four games after breaking his foot in fall camp but came back for the B1G opener against Illinois.
Since his return, Pierson-El has 12 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in his five games back. He didn’t bust loose for a touchdown in the return game in 2015.
Because Pierson-El still played a significant role in his five active games, he might not be eligible for a medical redshirt. He would have two years of eligibility remaining if he’s able to make a full recovery before the start of next season.
Starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong and tailback Terrell Newby are questionable for Saturday’s showdown against No. 6 Michigan State.