Taylor Martinez Injury: Updates on Nebraska QB's Foot
Updates for Monday, Nov. 11:
Asked on Monday about the possibility of Martinez playing again this season, coach Bo Pelini said, "I don't know if the chances are real good."
Martinez has been limited to four games because of injuries to his shoulder, hip, abdomen and foot. Pelini said the injuries to the second and third toes on his left foot have not "gotten much better."
From Mitch Sherman of ESPN:
Still no timetable from Bo on a Taylor Martinez return. Add an abdominal strain to his list of injuries. He's out this week.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 4, 2013
From Lincoln Journal Star reporter Brian Christopherson:
Pelini says: Martinez ruled out. Jake Long doubtful. Jamal Turner 50-50. Afalava also won't play. Not injury related. No other details given— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 31, 2013
From Dan Hoppen of Huskeronline.com:
No real surprise, but Bo Pelini just confirmed that Tommy Armstrong will start this week.— Dan Hoppen (@danhoppen) October 31, 2013
From Lincoln Journal Star reporter Steven M. Sipple:
Forgot to mention that Taylor Martinez didn't practice, because of his hip pointer. #Huskers— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 30, 2013
Of Martinez, Beck said, "We'll see what happens tomorrow or the next day, if he's even going to be up and able to (practice).I don't know."— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 30, 2013
ESPN's Staff via the Associated Press provides a statement from Taylor Martinez discussing his injury and recovery:
Martinez also said the injury to his left foot had been inaccurately described to the media as turf toe, which is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. The injury actually is to his second and third toes. He declined to comment when asked if either of the toes were sprained or broken.
"It's been a very rough past month, five weeks or whatever it's been," Martinez said. "Pretty much living in that training room and trying to get my foot healthy, as healthy as possible, as much as I can tolerate it."
Martinez said his injury probably was described publicly as turf toe because it's a commonly understood ailment. He said he's been told the injury he has -- whatever it is -- can take three or four months to heal.
Asked how close he is to 100 percent, Martinez said, "I'm getting there."
From ESPN's Joe Schad:
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez (toe) plans to start at Minnesota on Saturday.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) October 26, 2013
Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star provides some quotes from coach Pelini regarding Martinez's status:
"We're playing it by ear a little bit as to how he feels, and how he wakes up tomorrow, and how he responds for the week of work he had.
Obviously, anytime you haven't practiced for four or five weeks, there is some rust there. First time out in pads, trying to get his feet underneath him (with) the injury and everything else. That's why I said we've got to evaluate where we think he is. We're communicating with Taylor to see where he is and we'll make a decision and go with it.
I believe we have three quarterbacks that can win for us. That's a good situation for us to be in. I'd anticipate at some point you'll see all three."
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
From Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com:
Bo Pelini confirmed tonight that Tommy Armstrong will start on Saturday. Martinez (still injured) will travel with the team to Purdue.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 10, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
Huskers coach Bo Pelini is still short on details when it comes to Martinez's status according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com:
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says it's "business as usual" regarding quarterback Taylor Martinez's status. Translation: wait and see.
Martinez, who has missed the Huskers' past two games with turf toe, is making progress in his recovery and will return to the starting job when he's ready to return.
"If he's ready to play, he'll play," said Pelini, who hopes Martinez can travel with the team to Purdue this week. "He's doing everything he can, he's working, he's in the training room."
Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star added:
Taylor Martinez in a boot today. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 8, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 1
From Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star:
QB Taylor Martinez didn't suit up for practice Tuesday. He ran a few drills in sweats. That was about it, #Huskers O.C. Tim Beck said.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 2, 2013
Beck, on Martinez's status: "It's a day-to-day thing. We'll just kind of see what happens." #Huskers— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 2, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reports on when to expect Martinez's return:
Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, who missed Saturday's win over South Dakota State with turf toe, is expected to be available for the Huskers' Big Ten opener against Illinois on Oct. 5, according to a team source.
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 21
According to a report from ESPN.com, Martinez won't be starting on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong was announced to the crowd at Memorial Stadium as Nebraska's starting quarterback Saturday in the lead-up to kickoff against South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium.
Armstrong is set to earn the start in place of senior Taylor Martinez, who is battling a turf toe injury, and senior Ron Kellogg III.
Martinez was not dressed in the pregame festivities Saturday. He has started 32 consecutive games, dating to his freshman year in 2010, and 43 in his record-setting career. His 2,959 career rushing yards rank as the most by an active player at the FBS level.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
CBS Sports' Jerry Hinnen has the latest on Martinez's status.
Per the Associated Press, Pelini told reporters Thursday night that Taylor Martinez was "doubtful" to appear in the Huskers' home date Saturday against FCS South Dakota State. Martinez has struggled with a turf toe injury that has held him out of practice throughout this week.
Pelini said redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. would likely receive the start, with fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg III also seeing snaps.
"He's a great leader and has a great command presence about him," Peini said of Armstrong, who represents the greater running threat of the two quarterbacks. "Ronny is an experienced guy, has a lot of confidence and can really throw it around."
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19
From 247 Sports' Michael Bruntz:
Bo Pelini says if Nebraska played today, Tommy Armstrong would get the start. No Martinez in practice today.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) September 19, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17
From ESPN's Mitch Sherman:
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez held out of practice today because of turf toe injury. His status is in doubt for Saturday vs S. Dakota State.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 17, 2013
Martinez was able to throw for 203 yards with three touchdowns in a 41-21 loss against No. 16 UCLA. However, the quarterback was not his normal mobile self, finishing with minus-13 yards on 10 rushing attempts, including two sacks.
He will need to be healthy for Nebraska to have success this season. The four-year starter has rushed for over 800 yards and nine touchdowns in each year of his career with the Cornhuskers. In 2012, he finished with 2,871 passing yards, 1,019 rushing yards and a total of 33 touchdowns.
If he is unable to play due to a foot injury, senior backup Ron Kellogg III will likely be pressed into action for Nebraska.
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