Iowa running back James Butler will be sidelined for at least the next month, Kirk Ferentz said Sunday night.
Butler, who splits carries in the backfield with Akrum Wadley, hurt his elbow/arm in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over North Texas. Ferentz said Butler will be out “through the Hawkeyes bye week,” which comes on Oct. 14. It sounds like the soonest Butler could be back on the field is Oct. 21 against Northwestern.
Ferentz did not have any other specifics about other Iowa injuries.
“I think James will be out through the bye week,” Ferentz said in his Sunday conversation on Iowa’s official website. “It will be a couple weeks before we get him back. I think everybody else has an opportunity to be ready by midweek if not sooner. We’ll know more in a day or two, but I feel optimistic right now.”
Butler will be out for Iowa’s Saturday showdown against Penn State, a Sept. 30 date with Michigan State and the Hawkeyes’ Oct. 7 contest vs. Illinois.
Butler came to the Hawkeyes in the summer as a graduate transfer from Nevada. He had 158 yards on 36 carries (4.4 yards per carry) through Iowa’s first three games. Butler went over 1,300 yards in both 2015 and 2016 at Nevada.