Return Of Nebraska QB Martinez Doubtful
By Kristen Finstad
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, who suffered a foot injury early in the season, may be done for the Cornhuskers according to coach Bo Pelini.
"I don't know if the chances are real good," Pelini replied when asked by Detroit Free Press about the likelihood of Martinez returning.
Although Martinez has not talked to reporters since the loss to Minnesota on Oct. 26, his father Casey Martinez wrote in an email to the Associated Press on Monday night:
"Taylor's injury happened in week one and after several months of rehab we have discovered that the more he does on it the worse it gets," Casey Martinez wrote. "Very, very unfortunate location and aggravating injury that can't be toughed out."
Taylor Martinez has been a starter since his freshman year and holds career school records for total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes. He completed only 16 of 30 passes for 139 yards in the Cornhuskers' 34-23 loss to Minnesota.
In the absence of Martinez, quarterback duties have fallen primarily on the shoulders of freshman Tommy Armstrong.
"This is a nightmare way to finish your college career, by getting this kind of injury in the first week of the season, which essentially has cost Taylor his whole senior season as well as many team and personal goals," Casey Martinez wrote.
Nebraska, with hopes of a Big Ten title, will host No. 14 Michigan State on Saturday.