Iowa will get its defensive anchor back against Minnesota, as LB Josey Jewell will return to the field after missing last week’s game against Northwestern. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced the news at his Tuesday press conference.
“We expect Josey to play,” Ferentz told reporters. “He has practiced the last two days.”
Ferentz explained that he told Jewell he wanted him to sit out one game so he could remain healthy for the stretch run. “I didn’t expect him to accept it or like it,” the coach said.
Jewell missed the Minnesota game with a right shoulder injury he suffered in Iowa’s win over Illinois in Week 6. He was l isted as a starter on Iowa’s depth chart, released Monday.
LB Ben Niemann, who played middle linebacker in Jewell’s absence:
“We are definitely happy we’ll probably have Josey back this week. I know we are a better defense with him on the field for sure. ”
Ferentz added that safety Brandon Snyder will not play and RB James Butler is unlikely to play on Saturday.
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