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Ameer Abdullah wearing knee brace

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah made it through Tuesday's practice with a brace on his left knee as Nebraska prepares for Saturday's key Big Ten West game against Wisconsin..

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Abdullah participated in all drills Tuesday and "looked pretty good." Abdullah declined interviews after practice.

Coach Bo Pelini said Monday that he expects the three-time 1,000-yard rusher to play as the Huskers (No. 17 CFP, No. 11 AP) visit Wisconsin (No. 20 CFP, No. 22 AP) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

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, during 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 1 yard on six carries against the Boilermakers.

The Huskers (No. 17 CFP, No. 11 AP) visit Wisconsin (No. 20 CFP, No. 22 AP) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.