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'T-Magic' may not be ready to return this week

Nebraska may have to use Armstrong and Kellogg III against Illinois. Dave Miller

Print This September 30, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez could remain sidelined this week when the team plays host to Illinois in its Big Ten opener.

Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini said Monday that it has yet to be determined whether "T-Magic" would be healthy enough to play against the Illini, although Martinez's turf-toe injury is improving.

"I think he's getting closer to being 100 percent," Pelini said. "He's feeling a lot better."

The fifth-year senior is questionable for a return Saturday after missing the Cornhuskers' September 21 victory over South Dakota State, which snapped a streak of 32 straight starts. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong and senior Ron Kellogg III split time in that contest, and the pair led the team to more than 300 yards rushing and 300 passing for the first time in school history. Armstrong was the starter, going 12 of 15 through the air for 169 yards, while Kellogg completed 8 of 9 passes for 136 yards.

Nebraska did not practice Monday, so we'll see if "T-Magic" gets on the field Tuesday.

Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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