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Fans don't need to worry too much. Pelini was clear that, despite all else, morale is fine.
"Our team morale is fine. You guys will make more of it. I feel sorry for those kids. But as far as going forward, we got a lot of good players, we got a lot of good competition, we'll be just fine," he said, per Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.
Wide receiver Kenny Bell echoed Pelini's sentiments, as Christopherson reported:
You never want to see that happen to one of your guys. It's sad, it really is. But we're fine. A lot of people, I think, see all these injuries and act like the world is ending. I get a lot of questions like, 'Oh, how we doing? We alright?' It's like, 'Yeah, we're fine.'
I don't know why it's such a surprise. It's every single year. When you play football every single day of your life, during this time people get hurt. We're not out here playing baseball. We're playing football. We're tackling each other, hitting each other every single day. Injuries happen. Guys know that comes with the territory. ... And when one guy goes down, we expect another guy to step up. It's just the nature of the beast.
Fellow wide receiver Jamal Turner agreed. "We're a family here and when someone goes down it affects the whole team," Turner said, per Christopherson. "But you tell the backups, 'Hey, step up. We need you now.'"
For now, it seems like injuries and tough luck aren't holding the team's attitude down.