With any season comes bangs and bruises and that is no different for the Iowa football team. After the year finishes, the next topic on the health front is who has to undergo procedures to fix some of the carnage they endured throughout the previous five months.
The injuries and surgeries for defensive Drew Ott have been well documented but head coach Kirk Ferentz did share information on two more players that have had surgery within the past week.
"Medically, we've had two players that are coming back have surgery this past week, both James Daniels and Josh Jackson had successful surgery, earlier in the week," Ferentz said in his opening statement at his press conference earlier on Thursday. "I think it's fair to say they will both be limited or out of spring practice, and in Josh's case, probably limited. But we expect a real good outcome for both players. That's the hard part about the game, but it is a reality."
Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes it does not appear that James Daniels will be ready for spring football. He played in many games this season and started the Rose Bowl at left guard. He's also listed as the first-team center on the first depth chart for the 2016 season.
"My guess is he will be (out for spring football)," Ferentz shared about his freshman contributor. "I guess we're lucky he was here last spring so we picked up a bonus spring there. He's done a lot of good things in practice. Naturally would love to have him out there for those 15 days, but if he's not out there, he'll be able to overcome it. That's how it's going to work."
No other surgeries to any of the other players on the roster are expected for Iowa according to Ferentz, most notably to quarterback C.J. Beathard.
"Right now we're not anticipating anybody (else) having surgery," he concluded. "A couple ones that are still up in the air, we want to give it a bit more time and see how we go but nothing major to discuss at this point on that. Those are just some clean-up items to cover."
"Hoping not," Ferentz answered to the specific question regarding possible surgery for Beathard. "Medicine is not black and white but we're hoping that that's not the case."