Jared Crick sidelined with knee sprain

Updated: March 29, 2011, 4:29 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick will miss the remainder of spring practice after suffering an MCL sprain in his right knee.

Crick, a first-team All-Big 12 selection in each of the past two seasons, suffered the partial ligament tear in Monday's practice. He told ESPN.com that the rehabilitation process will take up to four weeks and he expects to be fine by the summer and preseason camp.

"I can't fret about it," Crick told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I've never really been injured before. They said, at worst, it's a four-week rehab and I should be 100 percent."

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini confirmed the injury, but shared Crick's optimism about a quick recovery.

"He will be fully ready for our offseason program, but there is no reason to rush him back onto the field this spring," Pelini said in a statement from the school.

Crick recorded 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss last season, leading the Huskers in the latter two categories and leading Big 12 defensive linemen with five tackles per game. He has 19 career sacks.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.