Nebraska football still waiting for word on key defender

Nebraska football linebacker Luke Reimer (4) celebrates a tackle (Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska football linebacker Luke Reimer (4) celebrates a tackle (Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports) /

Nebraska football emerged from the LaTech game relatively unscathed as far as new injuries are concerned, but there is one defender they’re worried about.

The problem now is, the Nebraska football team doesn’t really have answered on Luke Reimer. After the game, Huskers head coach Matt Rhule admitted that Reimer was banged up. Beyond that he didn’t add many details.

Rhule did say that he doesn’t believe the linebacker’s injury is the season-ending type. However, he’s not ready to say if Reimer is available for the Michigan game.

The Nebraska football team is juggling several injuries four games into the season. Against Northern Illinois, defense end Cameron Lenhardt was injured early on. Rhule has also said the freshman’s injury is less severe but he was not able to play against LaTech.

Then there’s Jeff Sims. The transfer out of Georgia Tech was injured late in the Huskers’ game against Colorado. It was officially ruled a high ankle sprain, which can linger, especially with mobile quarterbacks.

Sims was taken off the injury list against the Bulldogs, and did play a snap when Heinrich Haarberg had to leave for a play due to losing his helmet on the field. However, after the game, Rhule made it clear Sims isn’t 100 percent, and his availability for Michigan is very up in the air as well.

Nebraska football needs Luke Reimer

At the moment, it’s not even known what injury Reimer suffered. What is known is that he was spotted on the sidelines early on wearing a baseball hat. When he came out of the tunnel in the second half, he was no longer wearing his uniform.

So far this season, Reimer has 14 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Perhaps most importantly, his biggest games have come against Nebraska football’s best opponents. All of his sacks and most of his tackles came against Minnesota and Colorado.

Nebraska football is going to need that kind of performance against the Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.