Abdullah absence 'precautionary,' Beck says

2013-10-29T18:15:00Z 2013-10-29T19:14:35Z Abdullah absence 'precautionary,' Beck saysBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE JournalStar.com
October 29, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

Ameer Abdullah sat out of Tuesday's practice.

The Husker junior running back walked off the field in sweat clothes, without a noticeable limp.

"He'll be fine," offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. "It's just precautionary. He's been playing great for us. Just, you know, beat up a little bit. He'll be ready to roll."

A 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior, Abdullah has become Nebraska's most reliable weapon on offense. He rushed 19 times for 165 yards Saturday, increasing his season rushing total to 981.

He appeared to injure his ankle against Minnesota, but returned to the game.

"That's part of (why he sat out)," Beck said after Tuesday's workout. "But I mean, sometimes when you have a guy like that, who's playing the way he is ... As long as mentally he's getting his reps, I know physically he'll be ready."

Among other players who sat out Tuesday were junior receiver Jamal Turner (lower calf injury) and senior tight end Jake Long (hamstring). Nebraska coach Bo Pelini on Monday said their status is "day-to-day."

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