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Starting left guard Boffeli's knee 'just got rolled up on'

[ 0 ] October 1, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s starting left guard has a sore right knee. But Conor Boffeli said he’ll be ready to go when the Hawkeyes host Michigan State Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Boffeli was injured on the final play of last week’s 23-7 victory at Minnesota.

Conor Boffeli said he has a sore right knee but expects to start Saturday's game against Michigan State. (Bryon Houlgrave/Register file photo)

Conor Boffeli (59) said he has a sore right knee but expects to start Saturday's game against Michigan State. (Bryon Houlgrave/Register file photo)

“I just got rolled up on,” said Boffeli, a senior and a former West Des Moines Valley standout. “Stuff like that happens when you play on the line, especially on the inside. There are piles all the time. I got my foot caught up underneath a falling defender, and tweaked my knee a little bit. I wasn’t able to get my foot out of the ground in time.”

Boffeli tweaked his right MCL, which he first injured at Iowa State on Sept. 14. The injury hasn’t knocked him out of the starting lineup this season. He said the injury was a scary moment when it first happened, but he was able to walk off the field on his own power and ran with the team Sunday morning.

“There’s a little pain there, which is expected,” Boffeli said. “But I’m rehabbing it, and it feels pretty good today. We’ll see how it goes.”

Boffeli said the fact that the injury happened on Iowa’s last play  was “just unfortunate. There were 70-some other plays when it could have happened. It just happens that it was on the last one. I’m just happy it’s feeling good, though.”

Boffeli was being attended to by medical personnel after the injury, and didn’t get to join his teammates as they hustled to  scoop up Floyd of Rosedale from behind the Iowa bench.

“I was just happy to win the pig,” Boffeli said. “I didn’t need to be touching it.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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