Josey Jewell cleared to practice -- but will he play?

Rick Brown
Josey Jewell, center, broke his hand in the week leading up to Iowa's 2014 football opener. He's been cleared for action this weekend against Iowa State if head coach Kirk Ferentz chooses to gve him playing time.

IOWA CITY, Ia. -- All of Wednesday's Iowa football injury news wasn't bad.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said that redshirt freshman Josey Jewell was cleared to return to practice Wednesday. Jewell broke a hand the week of the Aug. 30 season opener against Northern Iowa.

Jewell, not currently on the two-deeps, is a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Decorah. Whether he plays against the Cyclones is up in the air.

"He had a good spring last year, but he's still a young guy," Ferentz said. "He hasn't played a snap in major college football, so we'll see what he looks like this week in practice. He's been cleared. That doesn't mean he'll be able to play effectively. We've got to see what he looks like out there."

Ferentz said that Jewell could get his feet wet on special teams.

"We're not the deepest group right now at linebacker, so hopefully he'll get involved in that," Ferentz said.