Posted by Tom Fornelli
Hey look! It's Nebraska news that doesn't involve either Bo Pelini or Carl Pelini apologizing for their behavior. Though that doesn't mean it's good news. Bo Pelini made the announcement on Wednesday that Nebraska's leading receiver Niles Paul hurt his foot during practice on Tuesday, and he's not going to be available for Friday's game against Colorado.
"His status for the rest of the season will be evaluated," said Pelini in a statement.
This could have a huge impact on the Nebraska offense against Colorado. There's still no word on whether Taylor Martinez will be available to play in the game, and Nebraska's offense has already struggled mightily since he hurt his ankle. Plus, when Martinez is out of the game, the 'Huskers can't rely as heavily on the ground game, and need to throw more to move the ball consistently.
Something that isn't easy to do if Paul is out of the game. He not only leads the team with 39 receptions for 516 yards and a touchdown this season, he also serves as the team's top return man on special teams. Making matters worse? The three names behind Paul on the depth chart -- Curenski Gilleylen, Tim Marlowe and Khiry Cooper -- don't have a single reception to their name this season.