The injury front has a been a busy one for the Iowa football team already this season. Between tight end Jake Duzey, running back LeShun Daniels, offensive tackle Boone Myers, running back Derrick Mitchell, defensive end Drew Ott, cornerback Greg Mabin, and safety Miles Taylor, it has been one injury after another for the Hawkeyes during the 2015 campaign. Add another to the list, wide receiver Tevaun Smith.
In an injury that must have been suffered during practice, Smith was unable to play against the Badgers on Saturday. He did not make the trip, nor did Boone Myers or Derrick Mitchell who were also kept out of the game.
It is not 100 percent clear what the statuses of Mitchell and Myers are, but Tevaun Smith will miss a couple more games.
"(It's a) knee issue," head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed after the win over the Badgers. "I doubt he'll be back before the bye week. We're optimistic he'll be ready to go when we get back after our bye week."
Offensive tackle Boone Myers was another Hawkeye starter that didn't make the trip due to an injury and the outlook for him seems to be a bit more positive in regards to his return.
"He's day to day, week to week," Ferentz shared. "It's hopefully more day to day. Derrick Mitchell is injured. Those were three guys that we decided yesterday that weren't going to travel. We're not big on traveling cheerleaders. We already have a group of them. As far as players, that's just how we travel."
The bright spot of the game in regards to guys that have been banged up for Iowa is that it appeared as if Drew Ott took a gigantic step in terms of his health. He had been limited the two weeks prior after suffering an elbow injury against Iowa State, but was back to his usual self wreaking a lot of havoc in the Wisconsin backfield.
"I think he's healthy again based on what I saw today," Kirk Ferentz said with a grin. "He's been gaining ground every week. Today he certainly looked like he's full speed again. I really admire his toughness and courage because he wanted to play the last couple of weeks, especially the week after the injury, but he just wasn't very effective. If you can't play, you can't play. It doesn't help our team if a guy is out there and not really able to push it. But he's back, and that's good for us."