The bye week didn't help heal Jordan Canzeri's injured ankle quite enough for him to get back on the field this weekend.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday that Canzeri, the undefeated Hawkeyes' leading rusher, will miss Saturday's game against Maryland.
"It's an ankle injury. It's not good for a back, and I say it half jokingly but half seriously, too. Sometimes you're better off having a fracture or some other kind of injury. They're unpredictable," Ferentz said during his weekly press conference. "He's making good progress. It was a lot better two days after than we maybe anticipated. So that's good news, and I think he's feeling better by the day, but to say when he'll be ready to play, I'm not sure yet."
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Canzeri injured his leg two weekends ago early in Iowa's 40-10 win over Northwestern. He needed help getting off the field and couldn't put any weight on his leg as he was leaving.
Canzeri ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 698 rushing yards. He's the second Iowa running back to go down this season, as LeShun Daniels was injured and missed the team's last two games. It sounds like Daniels will likely be out this weekend, as well, as Ferentz said "we've still got some work to do" in regard to Daniels' status.
Against Northwestern, however, Canzeri was relieved by No. 3 running back Akrum Wadley, who went on to have a massive afternoon, rushing 26 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
Another running back, Derrick Mitchell, also had a good day against the Wildcats, rushing 10 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.