Say this, Monday's press conference with Bo Pelini went 25 minutes before a question came up about the status of Taylor Martinez.

"Taylor's business as usual right now," Pelini said. "I think he felt a lot better yesterday. I think it's day to day. And if he's ready to play, he'll play. We'll see how the next couple days play out, but he's progressing, he's getting better and I know he's itching to get back out there."

Martinez has been trying to overcome a turf toe injury, missing the past two starts after being Nebraska's main man at quarterback for the previous 32 games.

Pelini said Martinez is "doing everything he needs to do" while trying to get better, working out and getting in the training room.

"I think he can run full speed now but can he get to full speed in a hurry. That's the issue. Right now he's having trouble planting off that foot, pushing and getting to full speed. He could ease into it, but that's just not the way the game's played. You have to be able to put that foot in the ground, and have comfort and confidence that you can do that."

If Martinez is ruled out, he'd still more than likely be on the travel roster, Pelini said.

One consideration in the Martinez conversation is that Nebraska has another bye week after the Purdue game, making it possible for the quarterback to get two more weeks to heal if he doesn't play this Saturday.

"That'll play a part, in my mind, but first, I want to win this football game," Pelini said. "It's the next thing. It's Purdue. We're not in a position right now to save anybody. You got to do what you got to do to win the game, and that's all I'm concerned about is Saturday."

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