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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The health status of Iowa's Mark Weisman has been unclear since he left Saturday's Michigan State game early. Coach Kirk Ferentz stopped short of ruling his running back out for this weekend's game against Penn State.
"He's been out there (at practice this week)," Ferentz said on his weekly radio show. "He's been dressed. He really hasn't done much."
Ferentz said Tuesday that his walk-on sophomore sprained his ankle on the last play of regulation in a 19-16, double-overtime Hawkeye win. The coach said Weisman got an MRI earlier in the week, which cleared him to practice, but they were taking it slow. The Head Hawk didn't expect to without his leading rusher for "weeks" but is planning to be without him Saturday.
"It's probably unlikely that he'll play with a week," Ferentz said on his radio show. "We'll see. You never know. We've got a couple of days here and the game starts eight hours later than normal.
"We can't afford to count on him right now. If he plays, that's a bonus."
Ferentz said the team is focusing on the available running backs.
"That's Greg Garmon; Jordan Canzeri has practiced very well," Ferentz said. "Mike Malloy has been doing a good job for quite some time now. If those are the three guys that are there, those are the three guys that are going to get it done. They're all working hard and doing a nice job."
It didn't sound like fullback Brad Rogers is viewed as a tailback option.
"We did that as recently as camp and then we just said let Brad concentrate on the fullback position," Ferentz said on his radio show. "We're comfortable with him running from the one-back position. I don't know about from the tailback as much.
"The other problem is that if he moves to tailback we're a little thin at fullback. That was a better possibility with Mark being in there at fullback."
HONORING WIEGMANN: Former University of Iowa football player Casey Wiegmann will be the first inductee in the "America Needs Farmers" Wall of Honor inside ANF Plaza at Kinnick Stadium, the school announced this week. The ANF Plaza is located in the northwest corner of the stadium concourse.
The Wall of Honor recognizes student-athletes in the sport of football at the UI who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic, and character of the America farmer. A native of Parkersburg, Iowa, Wiegmann was a three-year starter who earned all-Big Ten honors. Wiegmann played 16 seasons in the NFL, a career that started as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts and included stints with the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and twice with the Kansas City Chiefs.
HATING ON IOWA: Trying to keep Penn State fans from overlooking the Hawkeyes, senior cornerback Stephon Morris tweet on Monday:
Pls stop looking ahead to next week. This is a huge game, we hate them they hate us. Were focused on Iowa that's it. One game at a time.
Asked about the comment at his Tuesday press conference, O'Brien said: "Do you know what I hate? I hate Twitter."
The Penn State Coach added: "We don't have any hatred for Iowa. We respect Iowa."
XTRA-POINTS: As he said on Tuesday, Ferentz expected B.J. Lowery and Austin Blythe to return to action on Saturday after missing the previous two games. He also repeated that he didn't know if they would start or how much they would play...
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