Northwestern redshirt freshman tailback Stephen Buckley suffered a dislocated knee and tears to his MCL, PCL and meniscus in his left knee when he was tackled by Nebraska safety Corey Cooper in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ Nov. 2 game in Lincoln, InsideNu has learned.
Buckley underwent surgery in early November and is expected to go through approximately nine months of rehabilitation before returning to football activity.
The Forney, Texas, native rushed 50 times for 265 yards and a touchdown this season and had seen an uptick in playing time with senior tailback Venric Mark missing time due to a lower-body injury.
Buckley logged a career high 99 yards on 17 carries against Iowa the week before being carted off with the injury at Memorial Stadium.
Other personnel notes...
- We tweeted this out when the site was down and it's been widely reported, but Pat Fitzgerald announced that Malin Jones has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy. He's expected to be back in the spring.
- Catching up on other news, Geoff Mogus didn't practice on Wednesday. He's doubtful for Saturday.
- Traveon Henry, who also left against Michigan, is questionable.