No. 14 Nebraska has lost defensive tackle Jared Crick for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Coach Bo Pelini disclosed the severity of the injury Wednesday as the Huskers (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) head into their bye week.
Crick, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior from Cozad, Neb., was seventh on the defense with 22 tackles this season, including a sack. He ranks eighth on the Nebraska career sacks list with 20, including 9.5 in both 2009 and 2010.
Crick played in five games this season, but didn't suit up against Wyoming on Sept. 24 after suffering an unspecified injury against Washington a week earlier.
Pelini says losing Crick is a tough blow. He also says he believes Crick has a bright future in pro football.