Joey Jewell and Brandon Snyder ruled out against Northwestern.
The Hawkeyes will have to do without two productive members of their defense.
Kirk Ferentz will be without two defensive playmakers
EVANSTON, Ill. — In what will certainly hamper Iowa’s productivity on defense, middle linebacker Josey Jewell and safety Brandon Snyder were ruled out for their week eight contest against Northwestern.
It appears that senior middle linebacker Ben Niemann will start in Jewell’s place, and junior Jake Gervase will take Snyder’s spot.
The pair of inactives was originally reported by Iowa broadcaster Gary Dolphin. It was confirmed by an Iowa spokesman with just under an hour to go before kickoff in Evanston.
Jewell is the headliner of the Hawkeye defense, and his absence this week is likely due to the shoulder injury he sustained two weeks ago against Illinois. In that week six game, Jewell suffered the affliction early in the game, but managed to return later. The acclaimed senior had a bye week to recover, but it appears that might not have been enough time.
The likely All-American has battled injuries throughout his collegiate career, including a torn ACL in his right knee. However, his body has not seemed to restrain him too much this season, as he ranks fourth in the nation in total tackles, with 70.
If he can get back on the field shortly, Jewell certainly looks poised to contend Lott IMPACT Trophy, among various awards.
Snyder did not travel with the team to Evanston, reportedly due to a knee injury. Blair Sanderson of Rivals.com reported that the junior defensive back received the injury during practice this week.