Huskers DE Randy Gregory 'doubtful' for Week 2 after knee injury

Randy Gregory (44) had 9½ sacks in 2013, tops in the Big Ten. (USATSI)
Randy Gregory (44) had 9½ sacks in 2013, tops in the Big Ten. (USATSI)

Preseason All-Big Ten defensive end Randy Gregory is likely to miss Nebraska's Week 2 matchup against FCS McNeese State, Bo Pelini said, after suffering a minor knee injury in his team's 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic.

Per the Lincoln Journal-Star, Pelini said an "old injury" to Gregory's left knee "flared up," resulting in the junior undergoing a minor procedure on the knee Sunday morning. Pelini said Gregory was "doubtful" for the game against the Cowboys, but "probable" to return during the following week's date at Fresno State.

"We're not looking to rush him back right now," Pelini said.  

Given that Nebraska shouldn't have too much trouble with McNeese State (though the Cowboys did go 10-2 last season before losing in the FCS playoffs), rushing Gregory back certainly seems like a bad idea; after a monster sophomore season in which he led the Big Ten with 9½ sacks, Gregory represents the Huskers' biggest defensive weapon by a wide margin.

With Fresno struggling and struggling badly against Southern California in Week 1, it's possible Gregory isn't seen again until Miami visits Memorial Stadium on Sept. 20. But knee injuries are knee injuries -- whenever Gregory comes back, it's fair to expect some audible exhaling from the Husker faithful.

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