Nebraska football: Tre Bryant officially shut down for the season

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Tre Bryant
EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Tre Bryant /

Nebraska football head coach Mike Riley announced surgery for Tre Bryant. He added that he thought the running back would be a good candidate for a medical redshirt.

The news that Tre Bryant won’t play another snap for the Nebraska football team was hardly a surprise. Still the official announcement that the running back is going to have surgery and will be shut down for the year does remove any questions about his availability.

Riley made the announcement during his opening remarks during the Monday morning press conference. Riley appeared subdued when he made the announcement and wasn’t able to provide much in the way of information about the surgery.

When asked for details, he said he didn’t want to give any bad information and would only say Bryant’s surgery was “corrective.” The announcement of the surgery is certainly a change from earlier in the year.

After Bryant injured his knee in the Huskers’ first game of the year, Riley seemed to think it was something the back could play through. He did play for about three-quarters of the Cornhuskers’ game against Oregon but once again had to leave due to the knee problem.

Since that second exit, the Husker coaching staff has largely been mum about when he will be back or even if he will be back. Those questions are now settled. That means that the Huskers will go the rest of the season with a combination of Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon. Riley has previously said he would like to get Jaylin Bradley more carries as well.

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One question that remains is just why it took so long to make this decision for the Nebraska football team. It would seem as though Tre Bryant and his family, as well as the staff, might have been seeing if non-surgical options were available. It appears those options were not feasible.