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Husker Football Practice

Nebraska defensive back Aaron Williams (24) runs special-teams drills with support staff during football practice Nov. 3, 2015, at Memorial Stadium.

Another young Nebraska safety is sidelined with a knee injury.

Aaron Williams, who played extensively last season as a true freshman, suffered a meniscus tear, perhaps the result of an old injury.

Mike Riley just learned of the injury Wednesday.

"It might've been a long-term thing that just developed to be worse, to where it was bothering him running," the Nebraska head coach told the Journal Star. "So he had it checked. It's torn, so (doctors) will probably clip it. He'll be ready for the last three weeks of spring ball."

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Williams last season started three games, including the bowl win against UCLA, and totaled 24 tackles, including three for losses.

Nebraska's spring practices begin March 5.

Antonio Reed, also a sophomore safety with a seemingly bright future, will miss spring drills after undergoing recent knee surgery.

Riley wasn't overly concerned by the news of Williams' injury.

"Aaron's sharp. He's played for a year. He'll get three weeks of spring ball and then all of summer to get ready," the coach said. "He'll be fine."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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