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Injury Update For Nebraska Quarterback Adrian Martinez

injury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinez

Adrian Martinez and his knee might be the difference between Nebraska staying competitive at Michigan today and the Huskers getting blown out on the road. Here is the latest on the status of the Nebraska starting quarterback.

Martinez, a four-star freshman, injured his knee in the season-opening loss to Colorado. He was then unable to play against Troy at home. The Huskers were forced to start a walk-on at quarterback and was upset at home.

Will Martinez be playing against Michigan today? Here is an update on his injury status.

Martinez has traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. with the Huskers. He is expected to go through pregame workouts and a call on his playing status will be made after that.

Scott Frost has said that Martinez has to be both physically and mentally ready to go in order for the Huskers to feel comfortable playing him.

“He’s further along,” Frost told reporters. “Again, it isn’t just ‘Is he ready to go?’ It’s ‘Is he ready to go mentally and physically to the point that he can protect himself in the game and make sure he stays healthy?’

“He’s really close. We gotta make a final decision.”

The Omaha World-Herald doesn't believe Martinez will play unless he's 100 percent:

Judging by what Frost said, it sure didn’t sound as if Martinez is 100 percent. And the part about protecting himself and making sure he stays healthy? That says it’s still the No. 1 concern.

A quarterback can’t make plays and lead larger-than-life drives in front of 111,000 fans and King Khaki and pay attention to whether he’s protecting himself. He has to flow. He has to play by instinct.

Even if he’s ready, Nebraska is still a decided underdog in this one. So is it really worth the risk of having Martinez re-injure the knee and miss the rest of the season if he’s “close?” No.

Martinez played extremely well in the season-opening loss to Colorado. He passed for nearly 200 yards and rushed for more than 100 yards. Martinez is a dual-threat quarterback that forces defenses to keep themselves honest all game long.

If Martinez is able to go against Michigan this afternoon, the Huskers could be competitive against the top 25 Wolverines. If he is not, things could get ugly in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Nebraska and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1.