Nebraska QB Casey Thompson out for Michigan game

Casey Thompson
Casey Thompson
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 10:54 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2022 at 11:34 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson will not play in Saturday’s game at 3rd-ranked Michigan, according to interim head coach Mickey Joseph. Thompson is dealing with an arm injury and practiced only in a limited capacity this week.

Joseph says the Huskers starting QB against the Wolverines will be either Chubba Purdy or Logan Smothers. The back-up quarterbacks split first-team reps while preparing for Michigan.

“At 3:30 on Saturday I’ll let you guys know,” Joseph said of the decision between Purdy and Smothers.

“(Purdy and Smothers) had good practices,” Joseph said. “They practiced well but you do not get graded on practice. You get graded on game day, so it is about who can manage the team on game day. It is just like what I say about coaching. This would be a great profession if you did not have to play the games but we have to play the games. So they have to be able to manage this team during the game. You can do it at practice but now I have to see you manage this team during the game.”

Thompson was injured in the Huskers’ Oct. 29 game against Illinois. On the season, the junior QB has passed for more than 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Huskers will kick off against Michigan at 2:30 p.m. (CT) in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game is set to be televised on ABC, with radio coverage provided by Huskers Radio Network.