Bears place Long in IR with right foot injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve Saturday because of a tendon injury in his right foot.
The move means the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) will be without Long for at least eight weeks.
The three-time Pro Bowl lineman was injured in the closing minutes of the Bears' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets last weekend. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into Long while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.
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New faces: Coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, K Cody Parkey, rookie LB Roquan Smith, rookie WR Anthony Miller, rookie G/C James Daniels.
Key losses: Coach John Fox, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Willie Young.
Bears sign 6 of 7 draft picks
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed six of their seven draft picks, leaving Georgia linebacker and No. 8 overall selection Roquan Smith as the only one left.
One day after announcing plans to switch from college basketball to playing college football, Ahmad Wagner addressed the other big question.
Is there any chance he still will be performing for the University of Iowa?
Replacing stars Jackson, Daniels key for Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa expected to lose cornerback Josh Jackson to the NFL after his standout junior season.
The Hawkeyes also weren't surprised to see junior center James Daniels go — and he might be just as hard to replace as Jackson.
Iowa loses CB Jackson, C Daniels to NFL draft
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson and center James Daniels are leaving to enter the NFL draft.
The school made the announcement on Friday. Eastern Michigan said this week that reserve quarterback Tyler Wiegers would join its program as a graduate transfer.
The loss of Jackson wasn't much of a surprise for Iowa. He led the nation with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended last season and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his first year as a starter.
Only seven seniors started for Iowa in its Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College one week ago and while their replacements won’t be determined for some time, there are other questions to be answered.
Hawkeye players don’t return to campus for the start of spring semester classes until January 16, but the opening month of 2018 promises to be filled with storylines for the Iowa program.
Here are a few to keep an eye on during upcoming weeks:
Sean Welsh, a senior guard on the Iowa football team, was named this morning as a first-team all-Big Ten selection by league media, the only Hawkeye to be recognized on any of the first two teams.
Welsh, a Springboro, Ohio native who has started 48 games for the Hawkeyes over the past four seasons, was named by Big Ten coaches as a second-team selection.
Alternate uniforms for Hawkeyes? Maybe now. Maybe later.
That, along with the anticipation of an improved running game for both Iowa and Minnesota and the expected return of Josey Jewell, are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.
Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
Five things to ponder during the bye week about Iowa's 45-16 win over Illinois on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium:
1. The good
Illinois' run defense won't be confused for one of the Big Ten's best this season, but after two weeks of struggling to move the ball on the ground to rush for a season-high 191 yards is a good thing for the Hawkeyes.
IOWA CITY — Pink and black and gold. It promises to be a colorful night under the lights tonight at Kinnick Stadium.
Fourth-ranked Penn State begins defense of the Big Ten football championship it won a year ago with a night game at Iowa, which hopes to recapture the magic it had in upsetting second-rated Michigan under the lights at Kinnick Stadium last season.
“Night games at Kinnick, they’re special,’’ Iowa center James Daniels said.
IOWA CITY — As with any brothers who are fairly close in age, the Daniels boys had a few scraps as kids growing up back in Warren, Ohio.
James Daniels says he doesn’t remember anything like that. Older brother LeShun does.
“I was always whupping him in pretty much everything,’’ LeShun said, glancing over at his kid brother entertaining reporters at Iowa’s preseason football media day. “I guess that’s the big brother’s job.