Nebraska’s standout wide receiver and return specialist De’Mornay Pierson-El suffered a foot injury during Tuesday’s practice and is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks for recovery, reports Big Ten Network’s Sean Merriman.
BREAKING: Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El suffered a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks
— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) August 19, 2015
This is awful news for new head coach Mike Riley and company, as Pierson-El was one of the more electrifying players in the Big Ten as a freshman and was expected to have a huge role in the Cornhuskers’ offense in the “fly sweep” role that was so effectively used with Oregon State.
Pierson-El finished third on the team in receiving last season (321 yards) and led the country with 596 punt return yards. His three punt returns for scores was also tied for the FBS lead.
With this given timetable, he will likely miss the first four games of the 2015 season, which includes a home opener against BYU and a Week 3 visit to Miami (Fla.).
Pierson-El was voted in to the Today’s U Preseason All-America team as a first-team kick returner.