Huskers running back Chris Johnson will miss the start of the regular season after fracturing his left shoulder, according to coach Paul Rhoads.

The team confirmed the news on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Johnson missed a team-high 10 games last season, and is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 1.5 yards per catch on 55 carries this year.

He also missed six games due to a broken right foot in 2016.

Rhoads said in March that the team would start Johnson in his absence against Tennessee on Sept. 10.

The team will also likely have to cut ties with running backs DeAndre Washington and Zach Miller and will need to sign a backup to replace Johnson.

“He’s a great player, and he’s got a tremendous amount of talent, but he’s a long way from being able to participate fully in this season,” Rhoades said.

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