IOWA CITY - Time will determine if any or all of the three injured offensive starters will be available to take the field Saturday for the Iowa football team.
Coach Kirk Ferentz said this afternoon that tight George Kittle and starting offensive linemen Cole Croston and Boone Myers will be available for the 11 a.m. game against 10th-rated Wisconsin.
"If we could get one or two of them back it would be a benefit, but at this point we don't know," Ferentz said. "Nobody has been ruled out medically yet, so we are taking it day by day."
All three players are dealing with ankle or foot sprains.
Croston did not play last week at Purdue while Kittle and Myers were injured during the Hawkeyes' 49-35 win.
Both Croston and Kittle "did very little" in practice Tuesday, Ferentz said.
He said he believes Croston has a chance to return this week while Myers' situation remains murkier.
He said the next couple of days will be important for Kittle.
"I don't want to be Doctor Doom here. We'll see what he can do and how much progress he make in the next couple of days," Ferentz said. "It's probably a long shot, but if he can play and play effectively, we'll play him."