Junior linebacker T.J. Simmons has knee ‘scoped, will miss the balance of spring practice

Indiana junior middle-linebacker T.J. Simmons, a starter since his freshman season, will miss the balance of spring practice after having an arthroscopic knee procedure. Simmons is only expected to miss two or three weeks, but that precludes his participation in both the Cream and Crimson game (April 18, 2 p.m.) and the April 23 public scrimmage that will conclude IU’s spring practice sessions.

Simmons, by all accounts, was having a terrific spring before the injury — as was transfer running back Jordan Howard, who will also miss the rest of the spring drills with a hyper-extended elbow, an injury that was officially announced earlier this week. Both injuries were described by IU coach Kevin Wilson as “minor deals” Thursday. Wilson also said that Simmons was “the best he had been” at IU during practice this spring before the injury.

IU cornerbacks Donovan Clark (with a back issue) and Kenny Mullen (returning from knee surgery) are among the limited participants this spring, as are tight end Sean Damaska and offensive linemen Jake Bailey and Ralston Evans and others, but the Hoosiers currently don’t have many injury issues expected to carry over into the summer and fall. Sophomore wideout Marqui Hawkins, like Howard a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham, is missing the spring after breaking a wrist but is expected back by summer.

Indiana will conduct a closed scrimmage Saturday and have what Wilson said shaped up as mostly a “teaching day” Sunday, then will have practices next Tuesday and Thursday heading into the spring game. Wilson said how this Saturday’s scrimmage goes might help determine how the spring game is structured — whether the 1 offense plays the 1 defense and the 2s play the 2s, or whether the squad will be split up into relatively even sides.

 

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  1. Coaches interviews conducted on the athletic fields, baseball and football is there any way to shield the recording equipment without get all the wind noise?

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