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Nebraska QB Martinez says he's still ailing, but thought it best to play in loss to Minnesota

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Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, left, drops back for a pass during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Minneapolis, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Minnesota beat Nebraska 34-23. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (The Associated Press)

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez says his left foot is still bothering him.

Coach Bo Pelini had said repeatedly Martinez wouldn't return until he was 100-percent healthy. But the senior acknowledged after Saturday's stunning 34-23 loss at Minnesota that he wasn't full strength.

Martinez also said the injury had been inaccurately described as turf toe, which is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. Martinez said his injury is to his second and third toes. He declined to comment when asked if either of the toes were sprained or broken.

During his postgame news conference in Minneapolis, Pelini didn't speak directly to why Martinez started. But Pelini said who played quarterback was not nearly the Cornhuskers' biggest problem against the Gophers.