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STOKES WILL LIKELY MISS NEBRASKA GAME

UCLA All-America wide receiver J.J. Stokes said after practice on Thursday that it was very unlikely he will play Saturday when the 13th-ranked Bruins face No. 2 Nebraska.

Stokes, who caught 82 passes for 1,181 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, suffered a bruised left thigh in UCLA's season-opening 25-23 victory over No. 15 Tennessee on Sept. 3. He didn't play in the Bruins' 17-10 win over Southern Methodist last week.The injury has been slow to heal.

"The swelling in his leg has gone down, but he still does not have full range of motion," UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins said Thursday.

Despite the fact that Stokes almost definitely won't play, Dellins said the senior wide receiver will accompany the team to Lincoln, Neb. on Friday.

Stokes caught six passes for 84 yards against Tennessee before coming out of the game for good late in the third quarter.

Stokes caught six passes for 65 yards in UCLA's 14-13 home loss to Nebraska last year. The Cornhuskers are favored by more than two touchdowns over the Bruins this time.