Bo Pelini expects healthy return for Ameer Abdullah vs. Badgers

The injury news couldn't be much better for Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and the 8-1 Cornhuskers. Coach Bo Pelini said the star rusher should be 100 percent healthy for Nebraska's next game, Nov. 15 at Wisconsin.

"I would anticipate he'll be back at 100 percent (for Wisconsin)," Pelini said, according to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. "That is my anticipation right now. That's my guess of where things stand right now. That could always change."

Nebraska is idle this week, giving Abdullah even more time to recover from the MCL sprain he suffered in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Purdue. He had just six carries for 1 yard before the injury sidelined him for the remainder of the game. But despite essentially losing a game's worth of production against the Boilermakers, he still ranks fifth in the nation in rushing with 1,250 yards.

Nebraska is in fringe contention for a College Football Playoff berth, ranked No. 15 in the initial release of the CFB Playoff rankings. The Cornhuskers close the season against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, and would likely face the winner of Saturday's Michigan State-Ohio State game if they advance to the Big Ten title game.

Abdullah's health will be crucial in Nebraska's push for a Big Ten title.

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