Over the course of the last few weeks, the Iowa Hawkeyes have been dealing with a few injuries. Within the last week, the number of guys receiving treatment has only increased.
Offensively, running back LeShun Daniels, offensive tackle Boone Myers, and tight end Jake Duzey are all working to get back to 100 percent. LeShun Daniels has been limited the last two weeks. Myers suffered his second stinger of the year on Saturday. Duzey got his first action of the year in on Saturday against North Texas but isn't quite fully healthy, either.
Defensively, defensive end Drew Ott has been limited with an elbow injury that occured during the Iowa State game. He played more against North Texas than he did against Pittsburgh. Ott was less limited, but was still not himself as he struggled to set the edge against the Mean Green running attack. Mabin and Taylor are dealing with leg muscle injuries. They both played against North Texas. Mabin played the entire first half before being pulled, while Taylor only got in on a few snaps.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz addressed the concerns of all his ailing players.
"Medically, we had a few guys have different issues during the course of the game," he said. "My guess is it's going to be like that all season long. We haven't had anybody eliminated yet, so we'll just keep moving forward. A couple guys are limited, and hopefully they'll gain ground as the week goes along and be ready at game time."
Running back LeShun Daniels has played the last two weeks despite having a lingering ankle injury that came about in Ames. Though he's been on the field, he hasn't seemed to have the same burst or explosion out of the backfield. Ferentz spoke about what he's seen from his opening day starting running back.
"Hopefully we're getting there," Ferentz stated. "I thought he looked better today in practice, and hopefully we're climbing the ladder and that's really why he didn't play much the other day. He's healthy, he's cleared, but didn't look as efficient as he had early in the season. We're trying to get him back whree he can really play the way he wants to play and the way that he's deserving of."
Drew Ott's minutes expanded against the Mean Green, but is still on the road to recovery.
"It's kind of like LeShun," Ferentz noted about Ott. "I think both those injuries, they're not 100 percent yet, but they're a lot closer than they were, so the question is can they play effectively. I think we're moving in the right direction."
Jake Duzey's return was a welcome one but they aren't going to rush him into a huge impact role right away.
"He's moving in the right direction," Kirk Ferentz shared about his tight end. "He's hardly moving full speed yet, but he made a beautiful grab today by the way, a wild catch. But that doesn't mean he's fully healthy yet, either. He's cleared, he's moving forward, making progress, but I think this is going to take a little bit of time. But it's great for him to get out on the game field. That's a big part of it and a big step. The week before he dressed, not actually get on the game field, and hopefully get out there a little bit more this week, but we'll just take it a week at a time, a day at a time."
Possibly the most limited players on Saturday were in the secondary, in Iowa defensive backs Greg Mabin and Miles Taylor.
"Yeah, they're both making ground," Ferentz discussed. "They're both limited right now. They're not full speed. We're goign to be careful with them, and hopefully we'll have them both at game time."
The last injury on the docket occurred early in the game against North Texas when offensive tackle Boone Myers left the game with an apparent neck injury, likely a stinger.
"Same category as the other guys," Ferentz explained about his starting left tackle. "He's limited right now and we'll see how the week goes."