Iowa will be without its top receiver for the foreseeable future.
The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that wideout Matt VandeBerg is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury — reported Monday night to be a broken foot — in practice on Monday.
“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said in the announcement. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”
Iowa really can't afford to lose VandeBerg, who leads the team with 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns through four games. Only one other player has double-digit catches: tight end George Kittle. Jerminic Smith and Riley McCarron are the next wideouts on the team's receiving list but have combined for just 13 catches on the season.
In his career, VandeBerg has 108 receptions for 1,282 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wisconsin announced Monday that Brevin Pritzl received a medical-hardship waiver from the NCAA, giving him four remaining years of eligibility after he played in just one game for the Badgers as a freshman last season.
Pritzl was a highly ranked recruit for Wisconsin last year, rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 79 recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.
After suffering a broken foot last season, Pritzl will return in 2016-17 along with most of the Badgers’ roster, including all five starters from a season ago, making them one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title.