It was discovered on Wednesday that key contributors for the Iowa Hawkeyes had been missing action in safety Jordan Lomax and offensive guard Jordan Walsh. Lomax was one of Iowa's representatives at Big Ten Media Day and Walsh is one of three returning starters for the Hawkeye offensive line.
With Lomax emerging into a key leadership role for the Big Ten West squad, the loss of him would be significant in the locker room. The loss of Walsh would hurt more from an on-field standpoint. The offensive line does not possess the same kind of depth that the secondary has. Without Walsh, only two returning starters from a year ago are on the field for the unit.
Lomax and Walsh were again missing in action during Saturday afternoon's practice. Neither were suited up and stayed out of any kind of activities for the entire day. That made their absences seem even more alarming.
Afterwards, Kirk Ferentz put all the concerns to rest, announcing the lack of severity associated with each.
A timetable for their return was not given, and it does not appear it will be immediate, but it would still be a bit of a surprise if either of the two missed any meaningful action.
The secondary performed well without the services of Lomax during Saturday's practice, but Walsh's return will be a welcome sign for the offensive side of the ball. Iowa had some struggles offensively, with a large part of that being the ineffectiveness of the offensive line unit.