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:
Kenny Bell (groin) remains "day-to-day." He was a little sore Sunday. Randy Gregory "looked great" and likely will practice Tuesday.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 8, 2014
Gregory likely will play against Fresno State, Pelini said.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 8, 2014
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):
Bo Pelini said DE Randy Gregory reinjured an old left knee injury, got it scoped Sunday and is doubtful for Saturday. Could play vs. Fresno— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 1, 2014
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:
Randy Gregory sits by himself on bench, left knee now in brace, helmet half on but does not appear to be coming back any time soon— Andy Kendeigh (@AndyKendeigh7) August 30, 2014
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:
Randy Gregory in street clothes on the sideline. Looks like he's able to walk around without much trouble, though. No official word #Huskers— Alex Lantz (@AlexLantz) August 30, 2014
After the game, ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman had an update:
Pelini on Randy Gregory: "He probably could've went back in the game." Said status is day to day. Unsure of injury specifics.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 30, 2014
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.