Nebraska defensive end injures leg, season in jeapody

Updated: September 6, 2008, 5:49 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

OMAHA -- Nebraska starting defensive end Barry Turner was carted off the field with a leg injury in the first quarter of the Cornhuskers' 35-12 victory over San Jose State Saturday.

Turner told teammates he fractured his left leg and will miss the rest of the season, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the left leg injury was "pretty significant."

After being carted off the field, Turner returned to the sidelines later in the game with a boot on the lower portion of his leg. He would be eligible for a medical redshirt.

If Turner's season is over, it would be a big loss for the Cornhuskers. Turner led Nebraska with three sacks last season. The Cornhuskers' depth along the defensive front is already limited after defensive tackle Kevin Dixon was kicked off the team before the season started.

Pierre Allen replaced Turner in the lineup and produced a team-leading 10 tackles, including three for losses, and broke up a pass in Saturday's victory.

Time Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com.

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