EVANSTON, Ill. – Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri left Saturday’s football game at Northwestern with what looked to be a serious ankle injury.
Canzeri was helped off the field after a 4-yard carry late in the first quarter at Ryan Field. While driving for extra yardage, his left ankle was rolled and turned to the outside on a tackle by Northwestern linebacker Jaylen Prater. After a golf-cart ride to the Iowa locker room, Canzeri emerged with his left foot in a walking boot.
After the game, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz classified the injury as a sprain, not a broken bone as he initially feared. There was no timetable for his return, but Iowa does get a bye week after Saturday's 40-10 win over the No. 20 Wildcats.
"The good news is I think they were concerned there might be a fracture. They ruled that out," Ferentz said. "We’re looking at a sprain. I don’t know where that will go. Good time for a bye week, certainly."
Canzeri came into the game No. 3 in the Big Ten Conference in rushing, and just last week registered a school-record 43 rushing attempts for 256 yards in a 29-20 win over Illinois.
Akrum Wadley was Canzeri’s replacement, and he rushed for a 35-yard touchdown to finish the drive that Canzeri started. Wadley began the season as the No. 4 running back, behind Canzeri, LeShun Daniels Jr. (who remains out with a right-ankle injury) and Derrick Mitchell Jr.