Thursday nuggets: Kondolo good to go
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Here are some quick notes and observations to pass along from Nebraska's helmets-only practice on Thursday afternoon...
***Cornerback Daniel Davie (groin) is "probably out" for this week's game at Minnesota per head coach Mike Riley, despite hopes he might be ready to return for his first action since the Miami game.
***Linebacker Josh Banderas (groin) has made it through the week of practice so far without any setbacks and is expected to play on Saturday.
***Linebacker Chris Weber (neck) has not made enough progress in his recovery and will not play.
***Linebacker Luke Gifford (hip) is listed as questionable for Minnesota, and they will further evaluate him after Friday's practice before making a final decision on his status.
***Defensive tackle Kevin Williams (groin/thumb) was also expected to be ready to return this week but has been ruled out.
***Linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey (groin) will once again be held out on Saturday.
***Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine apparently "re-tweaked" his injured ankle this week, but Riley said it looks like he'll be OK to play at Minnesota.
***Guard Chongo Kondolo missed Monday and Tuesday's practices with an infected toe, but he's practiced the past two days and is expected to start on Saturday.
***Guard Chris Long, who would have been Kondolo's replacement had he missed any time, suffered his own injury (unknown) this week and will not play.
***Riley said defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun (knee) was still "maybe a week or two" away from returning to action.
***Riley said the Huskers have responded just as he had expected this week in practice, and that he "would be shocked if they don't compete" against Minnesota.
***Riley said he thinks Williams has a "very good chance" at being granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA when he applies for one after the season. Riley said he's had other players apply for sixth years in the past but has never had one granted, but he thinks Williams has a very good case to be the first.
***Riley said it "remains to be seen" whether De'Mornay Pierson-El will be used as the primary punt returner this week. However, Riley said the team is definitely "looking forward" to getting Pierson-El back there on a full-time basis.
***Offensive tackle Nick Gates (ankle) has already been ruled out for Minnesota, but he was no longer wearing a protective walking boot on Thursday. Riley said Gates is recovering as they hoped.
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