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The Iowa QB sends his prayers to the injured receiver.

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Iowa football fans waking up to news that the Hawkeyes' top pass-catcher, Matt VandeBerg, had broken his foot probably hoped it was just a bad dream.

But the news was confirmed by head coach Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday: The senior wide receiver suffered a foot injury on Monday and would be "out of action indefinitely."

And those ever-reliable five stages of grief are running their course.

Denial

In Iowa's first four games, VandeBerg had led the team in receptions, receiving yards AND receiving touchdowns. This has to be a joke, right?

Wrong.

Anger

Optimism was not high that anyone could replace No. 89 in the role.

Bargaining

Some Hawkeye fans were willing to do just about anything to keep VandeBerg on the starting roster.

Depression

Let's be real. Losing VandeBerg is a severe blow. How will the Iowa offense adjust!? (Here's a thought.)

Acceptance

But things will be OK, Hawkeye fans. Maybe.

And VandeBerg might even be back in time for a bowl game, Ferentz said. Or he could apply for a medical redshirt and be back next year.

Until then: Next man up.

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