Husker health: Pelini, Burkhead to return

Nebraska's latest health report is promising.

Head coach Bo Pelini said Monday he feels great and has no issues after leaving Saturday's game against Arkansas State with flu-like symptoms and undergoing tests. Pelini didn't return for the second half and left the stadium in an ambulance. He underwent tests that showed no significant problems.

He had heartburn and an upset stomach before the game and was checked out on the sideline in the first half.

"I have a clean bill of health," said Pelini, who was back at work Sunday. "No problems. ... It was just a little bit of a scare. I feel great."

He later added: "I've never had health issues and I still don't," Pelini said. "I feel great. I didn't feel well going into the football game."

The 44-year-old admitted he was a bit alarmed by the symptoms and so were Nebraska's doctors, who ordered the tests. A heart problem was their chief concern, but the tests showed Pelini is fine.

Pelini looked good and seemed to be in good spirits Monday despite a barrage of questions about his health. He said he has no restrictions and will work out later Monday ("I get after it"). He even joked with reporters, "You guys are going to be stuck with me for a while."

"I don't want people to make this out like I'm overstressed," he said. "This was an isolated issue. I am healthy, and there’s no issues there whatsoever. ... I have tremendous balance in my life. I'm not a real stressed-out person."

While he sometimes looks that way during games, it's great to hear Pelini is doing well.

Nebraska received more good news as Pelini said senior I-back Rex Burkhead will return this week against Idaho State after missing the past two games with a sprained knee. How much Burkhead plays -- it shouldn't be much against this team -- will be determined by how he progresses in practice.

"He's listened to the trainers, he's listened to the doctors," Pelini said. "He's attacked the rehab just like he does everything else."