Abdullah ready to step up

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ With Rex Burkhead's status in doubt, Ameer Abdullah says he is prepared to take over again as Nebraska's featured back in what could be the Cornhuskers' most important game of the regular season. It's a role Abdullah is familiar with, given that Burkhead has missed all or part of five games.

Coach Bo Pelini said Monday his inclination would be to rest Burkhead at least a week after the senior re-aggravated a knee injury against Northwestern. He said the medical staff and Burkhead will have a big say about his availability for Saturday's home game against No. 20 Michigan. The Huskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) can take control of the Legends Division with a win over Michigan (5-2, 3-0). The Wolverines, who beat Nebraska 45-17 last year in Ann Arbor, will be making their first visit to Lincoln since 1911. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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