IOWA CITY, Iowa — A day after Kirk Ferentz ruled two starters out for this weekend’s game against Illinois, the Iowa head coach warned that number may grow. And it’s a pretty big name that could be erased from the depth chart.
Speaking on his radio show Wednesday night, Ferentz said TE George Kittle is most likely going to miss the game.
“It doesn’t look like George will be able to make it,” Ferentz said.
Ferentz ruled OT Cole Croston and CB Greg Mabin out for the game on Tuesday.
Kittle injured his right foot against Purdue on Oct. 15. He was limited in subsequent games against Wisconsin and Penn State before sitting out the Michigan game last week.
Croston suffered a leg injury in October. He’s played in just one of the last four contests. Mabin fractured his right leg in practice last week and is out for the rest of the regular season.
Starting safety Miles Taylor missed most of the Michigan game and his status is still up in the air for the Fighting Illini, as well. Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) and Illinois (3-7, 2-5) kick off at noon ET Saturday on BTN.
“He is doing better,” Ferentz said of Taylor. “He is going to continue to push forward. We’ll probably know more tomorrow.”
Also, offensive lineman Ike Boettger is dealing with a sprained ankle. Ferentz said “he is coming along” during the radio show. He called Boettger day-to-day earlier this week.