Nebraska head coach Bo Pelin confirmed today that senior right guard Spencer Long will need surgery on his injured left knee. Pelini said during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that an evaluation of Long, the Huskers’ co-captain, showed less damage than originally feared, but he will miss the remainder of the season.
Long, a three-year starter, was hurt on the opening drive during the Huskers 44-7 win at Purdue Saturday. Long fell over Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell as the Nebraska lineman tried to block on a rush by Imani Cross. The former walk-on from Omaha, has started 33 games since 2011.
Junior Mike Moudy replaced Long against Purdue and will likely move into the starting lineup opposite junior Jake Cotton at left guard on Oct. 26 against Minnesota. The Huskers are off this week.