Injury scare: Brandon Scherff leaves game, returns vs. Ball State

Rick Brown

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa fans received a scare Saturday when Brandon Scherff, Iowa's Outland Trophy candidate at left offensive tackle, was injured early in the second quarter and helped off the Kinnick Stadium turf.

Scherff missed one series, but did return to the field late in the second quarter.

Iowa's Brandon Scherff lies injured after a Ball State defensive touchdown Saturday in Iowa City.

Scherff was injured on a play were Ball State defensive lineman Blake Deueitt scooped up a Jonathan Parker fumble on an end around and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Scherff got up after the play, but then fell down in the end zone.

Scherff was helped to the bench, where the medical staff looked over his right knee. Scherff then walked to the locker room on his own, with his knee brace removed.

Scherff, projected as a first-round NFL Draft pick, was replaced in the lineup by redshirt freshman Ike Boettger.