Wilson likely to miss season with broken leg

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska running back Kenny Wilson broke his leg moving a television and will likely be out for the season.

Cornhuskers coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday that Wilson broke his femur during a freak accident on Monday and has already undergone surgery.

"Our hearts go out to Kenny as he tries to rehab from a real tough injury," Callahan said. "This is a real tough circumstance for him. Just when he's seemingly feeling better, this is a tremendous setback for him personally."

Also, cornerback Zack Bowman, who missed the 2006 season following surgery on his left knee, injured his right knee in a collision Wednesday. The extent of his latest injury wasn't immediately known, Callahan said.

Wilson was already being held out of spring practice while recovering from a previous leg surgery. He ran for 335 yards and four touchdowns on 75 carries as a junior last season.

Nebraska is facing a shortage at running back.

Cody Glenn has been limited by a nagging foot injury, leaving Marlon Lucky as the only healthy returning I-back. Major Culbert, a converted safety, and newcomer Marcus Mendoza have been playing running back this spring.

"We were planning to go through the spring without Kenny, but we weren't prepared to lose him in the fall," Callahan said.

Callahan said he hopes Wilson takes a redshirt year and returns to the team in 2008.

Bowman was not supposed to be participating in contact work this spring. He missed last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee the third day of fall practice.

Callahan said he didn't see Bowman get hurt, but it was his understanding that the senior from Anchorage, Alaska, was injured when his legs got tangled with those of a receiver during a seven-on-seven drill.