Bo Pelini did not commit on Thursday to naming a starting quarterback for the Minnesota game, saying "it'll be a game-time decision of what we're going to do."
The Husker coach said he anticipates Taylor Martinez is going to play on Saturday, but is waiting to see how the quarterback feels over the next two days after a week's worth of practices.
"We're playing it by ear a little bit as to how he feels, and how he wakes up tomorrow, and how he responds for the week of work he had."
When asked how the quarterback pushed off his foot, Pelini said Martinez showed improvement there and gained confidence as the week went along.
The senior returned to the practice field on Sunday, stepping back into action for the first time since the UCLA game on Sept. 14.
"Obviously, anytime you haven't practiced for four or five weeks, there is some rust there," Pelini said. "First time out in pads, trying to get his feet underneath him (with) the injury and everything else. That's why I said we've got to evaluate where we think he is. We're communicating with Taylor to see where he is and we'll make a decision and go with it."
Pelini said Tommy Armstrong would be the No. 2 quarterback if Martinez were to start.
If it all sounds a bit hazy, Pelini is confident in what he has at the position.
"I believe we have three quarterbacks that can win for us," he said. "That's a good situation for us to be in. I'd anticipate at some point you'll see all three."