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Nebraska fans were relieved when two of its most important players—defensive end Randy Gregory and I-back Ameer Abdullah—announced they were returning to the team in 2014 and not going to the NFL. Not having one or both of those players available for the 2014 season would have been a big blow for Nebraska.
But offseason injuries can claim a season in the same way that a defection to the NFL can. Football is a contact sport, of course, and it would be wishful thinking to hope there would be no serious injuries this offseason.
But if Nebraska is going to have a productive offseason, it cannot afford a significant injury to Abdullah, Gregory or any other of its critical players.
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