After a shaky end to the regular season, Nebraska football will now be forced to find a way to attack Tennessee without one of its best players.
According to Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley, senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp will miss the Music City Bowl after suffering a non-contact injury during practice Thursday. The injury will require surgery, and Westerkamp is expected to miss about three months.
Jordan Westerkamp is out for the game with a knee injury. He’s getting surgery. Non contact. No ligaments. Meniscus. 3 months.
— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) December 15, 2016
Losing Westerkamp for their bowl game means the Cornhuskers will have to fight through another injury to their offense, as senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is still questionable for the Music City Bowl game with a hamstring injury while Armstrong’s backup, Ryker Fyfe, is also recovering from a wrist injury.
Westerkamp’s injury will also keep him from the opportunity to tie former Huskers great Johnny Rodgers for the top spot in the Nebraska record books for consecutive games with at least one catch, as he’s played through his final season of eligibility in Lincoln.
— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) December 15, 2016
Westerkamp’s injury will also keep him out of the East-West Shrine Game in January as well as the NFL Combine in February. The redshirt senior is currently ranked by CBS Sports as the 48th-best wide receiver prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.