Iowa defensive lineman Matt Nelson will miss spring practice, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Wednesday. Nelson sustained an undisclosed injury in the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College on Dec. 27.
Ferentz said he expects Nelson to be healthy by the time training camp rolls around.
Iowa’s Matt Nelson out for spring ball
Ferentz: Matt Nelson won't play in spring practice, but will be fine for season. Nelson got hurt in bowl game
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) January 10, 2018
Matt Nelson out for spring ball. Should be fine after that.
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) January 10, 2018
As a junior in 2017, Nelson had 23 tackles and 1 sack in 13 games. He’s been a starter for the Hawkeyes the last two seasons. Nelson has played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Hawkeyes, and he had 6.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks in the 2016 season.