Ferentz on Scherff surgery reports: 'He's got an opportunity to play'

Andrew Logue
Iowa offensive linesman Brandon Scherff reacts after getting injured during the first half against Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 6.

IOWA CITY, Ia. -- Iowa star left tackle Brandon Scherff had knee surgery today, according to multiple reports.

However, coach Kirk Ferentz was evasive about Scherff when the topic came up on the Big Ten Conference coaches' teleconference.

"Brandon was stiff Sunday as you might imagine," Ferentz said. "He's going to be day to day right now.

"We'll see how it goes."

When asked if Scherff underwent surgery, Ferentz added: "Yeah, Brandon injured his knee. It's pretty apparent. Outside of that, I don't have much to tell you.

"He got hurt, came back, did a hell of a job. He was stiff Sunday, like you would expect. We had a lot of guys sore and stiff.

"Right now, he's got an opportunity to play (Saturday against Iowa State). So that's what we're focused on."

While Ferentz did not speak about the injury, Twitter was abuzz Tuesday with reports that Scherff had surgery to repair the meniscus. NFL draft analyst Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tweeted: "Sounds like Brandon Scherff did indeed have surgery to repair meniscus this morning. Sources told me 2-3 week return timeline is expected."

Scherff was listed on Iowa's two-deep released Monday, and Ferentz said in an interview with taped Sunday evening that a few players were sore but he expected everyone to play in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. game against the Cyclones.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound native of Denison is a preseason all-America offensive lineman. He passed up a chance to enter the NFL draft last spring to return for his senior season at Iowa.

Draft experts have pegged him as a likely first-round choice in 2015.

Scherff's injury to his right knee likely occurred when he tried to make a tackle Saturday after a Ball State player picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. He missed the next Iowa series after a trip to the locker room, but later continued to play in Iowa's 17-13 come-from-behind win.

"That was a good hustle play on his part," Ferentz said Saturday. "When he stayed down, that's not a good feeling.

"The good news is, his knee was stable when they examined it."

When Scherff was out, Ike Boettger filled in. The 6-6, 267-pound freshman from Cedar Falls joined the Hawkeyes as a tight end before switching in 2013.

"Jumped in there and did a nice job," Ferentz said. "Came out of the bullpen and seemed like he held his own out there."

KCRG-TV reporter Scott Westerberg was the first to report on Scherff's possible surgery. He tweeted Tuesday: "Hearing word Iowa LT Brandon Scherff is having surgery this morning. He injured his right knee Saturday but finished the game."