During practice last week, Iowa lost senior wide receiver Matt VandeBerg to a broken foot, which would sideline him for the rest of the season or until the Hawkeyes’ bowl game, should they make one.
On Monday, it was reported that VandeBerg would appeal for a medical hardship from the NCAA, which would allow him to return to Iowa and play in the 2017 season.
Matt VandeBerg's parents told the KCJJ tailgating crew on Saturday that Matt definitely plans to appeal for a medical hardship.
— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) October 3, 2016
To apply for a medical hardship, the NCAA requires the injured athlete to meet a certain amount of specifications. These required qualifications come as four criteria, and three are time based: the injury must occur during the athlete’s four eligible years, in the first half of the athlete’s season and before the athlete participates in 30 percent of games that season. Finally, the injury must be season-ending.
In order to be approved for a medical hardship, VandeBerg would have to meet all four criteria and also provide documentation to prove the injury and that it is season-ending.
There was no timetable for when VandeBerg would officially apply for the hardship, however the Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register reported VandeBerg would likely qualify for a medical redshirt, should he apply.
VandeBerg’s injury happened before the Hawkeyes took on Northwestern, meaning he would have played in only four of 12 games. He finished the 2016 regular season with 19 receptions for 284 yards and three touchdowns.