Iowa defensive end Drew Ott was just nearing a full recovery from an elbow injury that took place against Iowa State. His arm was placed in a sling immediately afterwards but he did not miss a game due to the complication.
Despite the pain the elbow injury brought his way, Ott played against Pittsburgh the following week in an extremely limited role. He only showed up on the field in obvious passing situations. The next game was at home against North Texas and his role increased. He looked near 100 percent for the road game against Wisconsin in Madison where he was very disruptive as a pass rusher.
Ott looked to be his normal self once again in the first half of the Big Ten home opener yesterday against Illinois. However, he suffered another setback in the third quarter where he was unable to get up following a play. It was a non-contact knee injury and he had to receive a great deal of help to get off the field. Ott was barely able to place any weight on the leg that was giving him fits.
Afterwards, Ott was seen on crutches and did not re-enter the game.
Kirk Ferentz was unable to provide further details on the injury other than that he would know more about Ott's injury the next day and that they hoped to have him back.
Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette was the first to report later on yesterday that senior Drew Ott has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season, ending his career with the Iowa Hawkeyes on the field. The senior has had a fantastic reign for Kirk Ferentz's programs, and was an all-conference selection a year ago. His presence on the field will be missed, and it will be up to reserve Parker Hesse, a redshirt freshman, to step in and contribute in his place.
Hesse performed admirably in Ott's absence after his elbow injury in Ames but his responsibility will now only increase and the importance will be double because of the ramifications of conference play.