Published Sunday, October 27, 2013 AT 9:31 PM / Updated at 9:56 PM
Last Call: Sunday night edition
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

They were waiting for me. The emails. They came during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Nebraska loss to Minnesota. They came all evening. A couple of them popped in about 1 a.m. They were there waiting for me when I woke up.

Lots of responses, lots of emotions. If there’s a good thing about it, it’s that Nebraska fans aren’t getting used to these kinds of games.

And I’m sure it will be fresh fuel for the talk shows this week, even though we’ve been around and around this topic the last few years.

But there’s one thing that was like a curve ball on Saturday afternoon: the health and status of quarterback Taylor Martinez.

We’ve been told by Bo Pelini that Martinez had turf toe. And, he wouldn’t come back until he was 100 percent.

But after the game Martinez said it wasn’t turf toe, that that was just a convenient name for whatever ails his two toes. Not the big toe, but the second and third. He was quick to clarify that.

What was wrong with the toes, he wouldn’t say. Except he still gets a shock when he pushes off.

Oh, and there’s the left shoulder that still bothers him. Both shoulder and toes were hurt against Wyoming.

The idea that Martinez is still not completely healed changes the conversation about who should be playing quarterback. Understand,  most every player plays hurt this time of year. They all have something. It’s a cumulative thing.

But when Martinez says the toe injury reminds him of the last part of his freshman year, I got flashbacks to the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma, when Martinez couldn’t move but was kept in the pocket by Shawn Watson. And sacked seven times.

I’m curious to hear more about this at tomorrow’s press conference.

And, as always, I’m sure we’ll chew on it during my lunch chat at 12:30 on

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