Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs is expected to miss a chunk of the regular season, if not the whole year, after undergoing surgery on his injured left ankle on Tuesday morning.
IU coach Kevin Wilson left town to recruit during the team’s bye week, but said on this week’s Big Ten teleconference that he understands Cobbs’ surgery was a success.
Now the team will wait to see how he recovers.
“The text message I have said things went well,” Wilson said. “… Maybe he gets back at the end of the year, but he’s got a redshirt year. So we’ll see how that goes.”
Cobbs was hurt on Indiana’s first offensive play of the game. Trainers gave him a boot to wear on his left foot, but he eventually required crutches to move from IU’s sideline to the team locker room.
Saturday’s game against Ball State was Cobbs’ season debut. He was held out of the Sept. 1 game at Florida International due to a one-game suspension.
Last season, Cobbs led the Hoosiers in receptions (60), yards (1,035), yards per game (79.6), catches per game (4.6) and yards per reception (17.2).
“He’ll be on the shelf for awhile,” Wilson said.
Cobbs wasn’t the only Hoosier to leave Saturday’s game.
All-American right guard Dan Feeney suffered a concussion late in the first half and did not return.
Players are off this week while coaches are out of town, but Wilson said team doctors continue to monitor Feeney under standard concussion treatment protocol.
“Our doctors are on top of that,” Wilson said. “First part of the week are off. I’ve not read anything negative there.”