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Ameer Abdullah's status uncertain

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The status of Ameer Abdullah grew more murky on Monday as Nebraska coach Bo Pelini answered questions about the star running back without the assured nature present in his remarks last week.

Abdullah, the nation's No. 3 rusher with 1,250 yards, did not practice during the Huskers' bye week after their Nov. 1 win over Purdue in which he suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee. He was mentioned as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate before the injury limited him to one yard on six carries against the Boilermakers.

The Huskers (No. 11 AP, No. 13 CFP) visit Wisconsin (No. 22 AP, No. 25 CFP) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

"I'm not a doctor," Pelini said Monday of Abdullah. "I don't know how it's going to play out."

Pelini said last week he expected Abdullah to return to 100-percent health against the Badgers and that the injury was minor in severity.

The coach on Monday reiterated, though without the qualifiers, that he expects Abdullah to play in Madison.

"We'll see on Saturday," he said.

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