Frazier cleared to resume practicing

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier was taken off an anti-coagulant drug Monday and cleared to scrimmage with the Cornhuskers in Miami on Saturday.

After the scrimmage, Frazier will begin taking a different anti-coagulant until about 24 hours before the Orange Bowl. He will resume taking the medication after the game.

Frazier, a junior from Bradenton, Fla., has been taking anti-coagulant medication since shortly after a blood slot was discovered in his right leg Sept. 25. The blood clots recurred and he underwent surgery in early October.

Doctors had predicted he would be unable to play in a bowl game because of the medical risks involved with taking anti-coagulant medication.

Coach Tom Osborne has said Frazier and backup quarterback Brook Berringer would both play in the Orange Bowl. The development in Frazier's case has not changed those plans, sports information director Chris Anderson said Monday night.

Frazier last played Sept. 24 against Pacific. Berringer has filled in since, leading the Cornhuskers to a No. 1 ranking and a shot at the national championship. Nebraska plays Miami on Jan. 1.