Mark Weisman Injury: Updates on Iowa RB's Ankle

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

IOWA CITY, IA- SEPTEMBER 22:  Fullback Mark Weisman #45 of the Iowa Hawkeyes breaks away for a touchdown run during the first quarter against the Central Michigan Chippewas on September 22, 2012 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.  Central Michigan defeated Iowa 32-31.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Mark Weisman was a big part of Iowa's double-overtime win over Michigan State, but he was unable to finish the game after sustaining an ankle injury. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30, 2:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

The bad news for the Iowa Hawkeyes continues to pile up, as ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting starting running back Mark Weisman would likely miss the team’s Week 10 matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers.

There's more bad news this week as Mark Weisman, the Hawkeyes' biggest bright spot in a disappointing season, likely will miss Saturday's game at Indiana. Weisman, who recorded four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, left last week's loss against Northwestern in the second quarter. The injury looked like a hip problem, although Weisman has been dealing with a sprained right ankle since an Oct. 13 win against Michigan State.

Even with Damon Bullock returning to the team after suffering a concussion and running well, the Hawkeyes will miss Weisman dearly if he is unable to play. Iowa fans should expect to see a heavy dosage of Bullock Saturday.

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UPDATE: Saturday, October 20, at 8:24 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Patriot-News reporter Audrey Snyder informed football fans via Twitter that Weisman is playing Saturday evening:

Mark Weisman (ankle) is indeed in the game after not being listed on the roster this week or on the depth chart.

— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16, 1:20 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

As the Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for their Saturday matchup against the Penn State Nittany Lions, it looks like they will be without their star running back and leading rusher Mark Weisman.

Penn State beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Scott Brown, is reporting on Twitter about Weisman’s status from his head coach Kirk Ferentz:

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he is not optimistic that leading rusher Mark Weisman (ankle) will be able to play Saturday.

— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_Trib) October 16, 2012

As bad as this news is, the Penn State team was decimated this offseason and is still trying to find their way. The Hawkeyes will miss their powerful back, but they will have a very good chance to beat the Nittany Lions regardless.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 15 at 1:12 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Iowa as Mark Weisman is not listed on today's depth chart for this weekend's matchup vs. Penn State, according to Iowa City Press-Citizen Hawk Central's Randy Peterson

Iowa running back Mark Weisman wasn’t listed on the depth chart released Monday for Saturday’s 7 p.m. football game against Penn State at Kinnick Stadium.

Weisman, the Hawkeyes’ top rusher, injured his right foot while scoring the game-tying touchdown with 55 seconds to play during last Saturday’s 19-16 double-overtime victory at Michigan State.

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UPDATE: Saturday, October 13 at 11:05 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Although Weisman was walking with a protective boot on his ankle after the game, he did seem positive about the injury. According to Ryan Suchomel of Hawk Central, the running back responded saying that he could have played if he was needed. He told the media:

I think its fine. I wouldn’t have been effective. I’d probably hurt the team more than helped it.

While he still must wait for test results, the initial feeling is very good news for the Hawkeyes going forward.

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ESPN's Big Ten Twitter feed reported that the star fullback was not in the game for the beginning of overtime:

Mark Weisman out as Iowa begins possession. #IOWAvsMSU

— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) October 13, 2012

This could be a devastating injury for the Hawkeyes as they try to contend in the Big Ten Legends division. They are currently in first place at 2-0 in league play, with non-conference losses to Iowa State and Central Michigan. 

The team is in good shape going forward, but it could struggle without the big sophomore running back.

In the win over Michigan State, Weisman finished with 116 rushing yards and a touchdown. The score was a five-yard run with less than a minute to go to tie the game. With quarterback James Vandenberg struggling to get anything done through the air, the run game was key. 

The running back came from nowhere to start up a pretty impressive streak. He has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last four games, totaling 623 yards and eight touchdowns in that time.

If he is out for any duration, freshman running back Greg Garmon will take over full-time duties. The young player had four carries for six yards in overtime once Weisman was injured.

Hopefully for Iowa, this will not be an issue.