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Nebraska Football gets brutal news on injury front Monday



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There was absolutely brutal news for Nebraska football on the injury front Monday. It was announced that running backs Rahmir Johnson and Gabe Ervin are done for the year. Johnson has a dislocated shoulder. Irvin has a dislocated hip. Corner Dwight Bootle II hurt his shoulder and is done for the year as well.

The running back room is going to suffer as a result of these two injuries. Ervin was off to a solid start this year. He had 38 carries for 196 yards and a touchdown. Johnson was also producing for Nebraska for as well. He had 12 rushing attempts for 65 yards.

In terms of their impact Saturday night, Ervin had 40 snaps, while Johnson had six. Evin was able to make an impact in the game on Saturday, tallying 14 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown.

The Bootle injury is also a blow for the secondary. Although he was a freshman, Bootle was able to get some playing time on Saturday night. He was out on the field for five plays.

This is a difficult group of injuries for Nebraska football. In particular, the running back room is going to take a hit. This means that others will have to step up. One player who could do so in particular is Anthony Grant. Grant had a starting role last year, and played well on Saturday night. He had seven carries for 46 yards and a touchdown.

As far as the secondary goes, there is depth, so that is not really a position of concern. Nevertheless, it’s terrible to see a season-ending injury. Hopefully, Bootle will be able to come back strong next season. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him. The defensive back was able to make an impact in Saturday’s game. He recorded two tackles in the victory.

It will be interesting to see how these injuries affect the course of the season. Other players will undoubtedly have to step up. Nevertheless, it will be difficult to fill the void left by these injuries, especially so early in the season.

Danny is a Nebraska athletics fan and writer. He also enjoys writing about recruiting in his free time. Danny has been following the Huskers for the last five years. Find him on Twitter @NebCornholio.