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Iowa QB C.J. Beathard recovering from sports-hernia surgery

Chad Leistikow
cleistik@dmreg.com

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard had surgery last week, reported first by HawkeyeReport.com, to repair a sports hernia injury.

A typical recovery time is six weeks, which would put Beathard on course to participate in Iowa’s spring football practices, which generally begin in late March.

University of Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.'s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that the doctor who performed the surgery, Philadelphia's William Meyers, said that if C.J. "had to play a game in six weeks, he should be ready to play. Luckily he doesn’t have to.”

C.J. Beathard finished the 2015 season with 17 passing touchdowns and six rushing scores in leading Iowa to a 12-2 record.

Beathard hobbled through most of Iowa’s 12-2 season with what he said was a groin injury, yet he was still named second-team all-Big Ten Conference and was one of three finalists for the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football award, presented to the Big Ten’s MVP.

The pain was so bad that Beathard almost didn’t play Oct. 17 at Northwestern, but he started and led the Hawkeyes' 40-10 win that day. He later admitted that he played the final 12 games with hip and groin issues.

In Ferentz’s Jan. 7 news conference following a 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, he was hopeful Beathard wouldn’t require surgery.

"I think all of us are excited to see what he can do when he's fully healthy," Ferentz said then. "Hopefully he'll get there and stay there. I know we'll get there, but the key is staying there. The biggest thing about him is the neck-up part. The guy, he thinks right. He's calm under fire. He's got all those attributes."

A sports hernia, according to renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, is a "muscle-tendon failure" between the groin and lower abdominal muscles. The pain is similar to a traditional hernia. Wisconsin running back Corey Clement missed almost two months after sports-hernia surgery early last season.