Randy Gregory Injury: Updates on Nebraska Star's Knee and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

Nov 16, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Randy Gregory (44) celebrates after a quarterback sack against the Michigan State Spartans in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star provides a synopsis of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini discussing Randy Gregory's recovery:


Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

Bo Pelini updated Randy Gregory's status after leaving Saturday's game with an injury (via Samuel McKewon of The World-Herald):


Original Text

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory has exited the Cornhuskers' game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday with what appears to be a left knee injury.

KETV Omaha's Andy Kendeigh reported that Gregory was on the sideline with his knee in a brace in the first half:

In the second half, the star junior was in street clothes. Alex Lantz of the Lincoln Journal Star did feel that Gregory was moving around well:

After the game, ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman had an update:

It's entirely possible that Nebraska was simply being extra cautious with the player. At the time of writing, the Cornhuskers were up, 38-7, in the third quarter against the Owls. The team could afford to leave Gregory on the bench and feel confident about the result.

There's little doubt as to Gregory's importance for Nebraska. One of the best defensive ends in the country, he recorded 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. That was enough to get him on ESPN's and USA Today's preseason All-American teams ahead of the 2014 campaign.

In order for the Cornhuskers to be contenders in the Big Ten West Division, they'll need Gregory healthy and back on the field.

Considering how Nebraska already had Saturday's game in control, it's a bit too early to begin panicking too much as to the extent of his injury.