Iowa OT Ike Boettger and RB Jordan Canzeri Are Not Likely To Play Saturday

Ike Boettger and Jordan Canzeri are unlikely to play Saturday but Nate Meier is expected to be on the field.

Iowa will be missing the two same starters as last week as they are not expecting running back Jordan Canzeri or offensive tackle Ike Boettger to play. Kirk Ferentz quickly briefed the media earlier today on the statuses of each.

"Injury-wise right now, both Jordan Canzeri and Ike Boettger are making progress," Ferentz said. "They may go and travel. We'll see how the rest of this week goes. They're making progress. I don't see them playing but at least they're getting closer. We're starting to see them making ground."

Last week they returned a few starters back, specifically running back LeShun Daniels. He came in and looked fresh, just like he did to begin the season.

"We caught a break getting LeShun back," Ferentz admitted on Tuesday. "I thought LeShun looked the way we hoped last Saturday. It was one of the postivies of the game."

"The other good news is that we've had guys step up and do a nice job," the Hawkeye head coach added. "Whether it's Sean Welsh sliding out to tackle and playing well, certainly Akrum Wadley coming in and doing a good job, and Derrick Mitchell has done a good job the last two games. So one thing about injuries is that they force you to develop depth, and the credit goes to our players that have stepped in and done a good job when called upon."

Defensive end Nate Meier went down with an injury in the fourth quarter of the last ballgame against Maryland. After the contest against the Terrapins, Meier showed up to the media room to answer questions with his left arm in a sling. He said "I'll be alright" but Ferentz also addressed it by saying that he expects him to play. 


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