Mickey Joseph says injured Husker QB Casey Thompson will be ‘game-time decision’

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska’s starting quarterback for its game against Minnesota is still unknown.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said Thursday that Casey Thompson, who was injured during the Illinois game, would be a “game-time decision.”

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Nebraska’s other options, Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers, both played in the game against the Fighting Illini.

Smothers only led one drive, while Purdy played the whole second half, ultimately failing to rally.

Joseph said Purdy and Smothers took most of the snaps during Wednesday’s practice and Thompson only “went a little bit.”

“He’s got to tell me that he’s ready to go,” Joseph said. “But then I gotta have enough sense to say you’re ready or you’re not.”

Joseph and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple both spoke about Purdy during press conferences this week.

On Tuesday, Joseph said Purdy needed to settle down while under center.

And Whipple said Purdy had been dealing with an injury and didn’t see as much practice as he normally would prior to the Illinois game.

Nebraska will have its work cut out for it Saturday, as it faces a solid Minnesota defense and one of the best running backs in the nation, Mohamed Ibrahim.

“It’s going to be a physical contest,” Joseph said.  “It’s going to be a Big Ten football game, and we’ve been here before. We understand what we need to do.”

SEE ALSO: Nebraska steels itself for Minnesota’s stingy defense, run-heavy offense

Nebraska will face Minnesota at home at 11 a.m. on ESPN 2.

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