LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team could be without its starting quarterback on Saturday against Minnesota.

Speaking on the Husker Football Show, Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph expressed doubts about Casey Thompson's availability after Thompson was injured during the Huskers' loss to Illinois.

"Every one of them's got to get ready. We don't know if Casey's gonna be ready. We hope he will, but I don't think he will."

Nebraska was ahead at the time Thompson was injured against the Illini, eventually falling 26-9. Thompson was 7-of-15 for 172 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions at the time of his injury. One of his interceptions came on his final play, when his arm was hit while throwing.

"It was a 9-6 game when Casey went down, and then everything fell off the tracks." Joseph said. "That's what happens when you have your starting quarterback go down out there, your leader. We've got to bounce back and get those other two ready."

Joseph said all three quarterbacks will prepare for the Golden Gophers, including Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers, both of whom played against Illinois. Purdy was 3-of-8 for 15 yards and interception. Smothers completed his only pass attempt for one yard while rushing for seven yards on two carries.

"Right now, Chubba's not seeing it," Joseph said on the TV show. "He's not seeing it the way we need him to see it. So we've got to do a really good job with him this week getting him to see what we want him to do."