As one of the biggest games of Nebraska’s 2017 season draws near, the Huskers got some of the best news they’ve heard all year on Thursday.
Head coach Mike Riley announced that senior cornerback Chris Jones, who has been out since July with a torn meniscus, and senior safety Joshua Kalu, who has been out since the Oregon game with a hamstring injury, would both be back in the mix for NU’s showdown with No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday night.
The biggest surprise is Jones, who was given a four-to-six month recovery time frame but was cleared to return to practice this week less than three months after suffering the injury.
“He’s cleared to play,” Riley said. “He won’t play full-time, but we anticipate him getting some action during the game.”
Riley said Jones has impressed everyone with how quickly he’s bounced back from what was initially considered a potentially season-ending knee injury.
“Chris looks good,” Riley said. “You don’t get cleared from that kind of injury without really being able to do all of the physical things that they put them through and the tests. So he looks fine, looks confident.
“Now, it’s been a long time since he’s played football. He had these four days of practice, and then he hadn’t done anything since spring ball. So it’s been awhile, but it’s good to have him back.”