Haarberg improving, Huskers QB situation unclear heading into Wisconsin game

FULL VIDEO: HC Matt Rhule Wisconsin Game Week Press Conference (11/16/23)
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 1:38 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - An ankle injury has limited Nebraska quarterback Heinrich Haarberg at practice this week. However, the Huskers’ leading rusher may play on Saturday at Wisconsin.

““He definitely wants to play,” head coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s pushing to come back and play.”

Haarberg was injured during the first half of the Huskers’ 13-10 loss to Maryland. Rhule said the sophomore QB suffered a high ankle sprain. Haarberg is expected to practice on Friday before the Huskers travel to Madison.

“He’s definitely be available in some capacity,” Rhule said. “We obviously wouldn’t want to put him out there if we weren’t able to run him and do the things he does best.”

With Haarberg limited, Jeff Sims and Chubba Purdy have received most of the first-string reps during practice this week. Sims was the Huskers’ season-opening starter, but was demoted following a mid-season injury and string of turnovers. Sims has thrown six interceptions this season, while fumbling four times. Purdy has seen limited game action, though he led a 90-yard drive in the fourth quarter against Maryland.

Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’ll be televised on NBC.

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