IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said his three injured front-line blockers are “gaining ground” and it might be a game-day decision on their status for the game Saturday against Wisconsin (11 a.m. CT ESPN).
TE George Kittle left the game last Saturday at Purdue with a sprained right foot. He wore a boot for most of the second half. Ferentz said Tuesday it would be “unrealistic” to expect Kittle to play and later labeled his status for Saturday as “a long shot.”
“George, we went from being concerned it might be a fracture Saturday — that was a little bit unnerving, certainly for everybody,” Ferentz said on his radio show Wednesday night. “But they’ve run tests on that and it turns out the MRIs, the X-rays are fine. It really gets down to what he can do and how much he can be effective.”
Kittle has 17 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns this year.
RT Cole Croston missed last week’s game with a leg injury. LT Boone Myers left the Purdue game with a leg injury.
“All three of the guys, we’ll wait to the end of the week to see what they can do,” Ferentz said. “If we can get two out of the three, I’d be thrilled. But we’ll see. Maybe we’ll get all three. Maybe we’ll get lucky. But we’ll just go from there.”