Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver and punt return specialist De’Mornay Pierson-El injured his foot in practice today and will be out for the next six to eight weeks. Pierson-El’s injury was reported on Twitter by Big Ten Network’s Sean Merriman and Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline, part of Rivals.
BREAKING: Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El suffered a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks
— Sean Merriman (@MerrimanTweets) August 19, 2015
WR De'Mornay Pierson-El will be out 6 to 8 weeks with a broken bone in his foot per head coach Mike Riley. Major Blow. #Huskers
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) August 19, 2015
Pierson-El’s injury is a tough blow to Nebraska, as the former star of Virginia’s West Potomac High School returned three punts for touchdowns his freshman year in 2014 and also chipped in 321 yards and four scores on 23 catches. Built for the slot at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, he was expected to be a key member of the team’s offense this year.
Nebraska has junior Jordan Westerkamp returning to the team, but he cannot carry the offense on his own. Moreover, Nebraska has to worry about how to replace the production of former running back Ameer Abdullah, now with the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Hopefully, the Huskers are able to adjust accordingly and still perform well in the first season of the Mike Riley era.
Nebraska opens the season at home against BYU on September 5.
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