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Cornhuskers' QB Martinez shakes off bruised shoulder

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Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez walked off the field after Saturday night's win over Wyoming battered and bruised, but on Monday he said he will be fine for the Cornhuskers' upcoming game against Southern Miss.

Martinez landed on his left shoulder early in the third period at the end of a run. He was examined by medical personnel on the sideline; backup Ron Kellogg III was seen loosening up.

But Huskers coach Bo Pelini said he never considered taking out of the game eventually won by the 18th-ranked Huskers, 37-34.

"He was fine," Pelini told the Lincoln Journal-Star. "He was a little sore, and I told him, 'Don't take any unnecessary hits.' But it was just a bruise."

Martinez left the stadium with an icepack on his shoulder and said he woke up "pretty sore" on Sunday. He said he doesn't expect for any lingering effects to bother him in practice this week.

"Everybody's sore," Martinez said at Monday's news conference. "I don't get tackled or anything in spring ball or fall camp so I just got to be able to get used to getting hit again, and being sore. I think that has a lot to do with it."

Martinez threw for 155 yards and three touchdowns against Wyoming. He also rushed for 80 yards on 16 carries.

"We're not going to hit him in practice," Pelini said. "We never do. But as far as what he can do, he'll be out there, he'll be fine. It's nothing that's going to restrict him or anything."
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