Iowa’s Lachey likely out for season after surgery

  • Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Personnel WriterSep 19, 2023, 03:35 PM ET

Iowa junior tight end Luke Lachey on Tuesday underwent surgery on the best ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s 41-10 victory over Western Michigan and will “most likely” miss the rest of the season, Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said.

“I feel most badly for him,” Ferentz stated. “Certainly, he’s the individual most affected. It’s simply a regrettable advancement. He’ll be fine here in time, but it’s a significant injury. He’ll be out for a long time.”

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Lachey was harmed on a third-down incomplete pass from Cade McNamara in the first quarter against the Broncos, a play prior to kicker Drew Stevens missed a 41-yard field goal. Lachey needed to be assisted off the field, not being able to put any pressure on his ideal foot.Lachey had 10

receptions for 131 backyards through two-plus games this season. In 2022, he captured 28 passes for 398 backyards and four touchdowns.Running backs Kaleb Johnson and Jaziun Patterson will also miss out on No. 24 Iowa’s(3-0)Saturday night’s journey to No. 7 Penn State(3-0, 1-0 Big 10)and are considered week to week.Johnson and Patterson have hurried for a combined 195 backyards and two goals on 55 brings this season.

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