I do believe there is more to this story. My son and I had a chance to talk to Tom after the Butler game. During warm ups before this game, Tom was out taking shots, moving normally and having fun with the guys. He was not doing any sort of agility drills or cutting on his ankle so it was tough to discern if he was really close to playing or not. Anyways, after the game, we were chatting with Tom and we asked how his ankle was. He said he was getting close and he was planning to try and give it a go against TCU. My son and I made the trek to Fort Worth for the TCU game and Tom did not participate in warmups and we noticed he was walking with much more of a limp. He certainly looked to be in far more discomfort and pain prior to the TCU game than he was before Butler. So, my guess is that Tom's ankle was starting to feel better with rest leading up to the TCU game. I believe he either further injured or aggravated the existing injury in the days after the Butler game leading up to TCU game trying to give it a go in practice. Given the timing that the season ended against TCU and Tom entered his name shortly thereafter into the transfer portal, there really wasn't much time for Nebraska's medical staff to re-evaluate his ankle. I suspect that Nebraska saw nothing of significant concern on the initial x-rays they took and decided that rest and rehab was the best course of action and I presume the next course of action would have been an MRI if there was no improvement to the ankle. If Tom would have stuck around, I feel pretty confident that he would have undergone the same MRI and been scheduled for the same surgery that he is having now. I do not believe this reflects poorly on the medical training staff and was just an unfortunate set of circumstances and timing.