Hoosiers hope for cleaner bill of health this week

The Hoosiers have kept their medical staff busy this fall.

This week, Tom Allen hopes to finally begin trimming Indiana’s lengthy injury report.

The Indiana coach said Monday that starting tight end Ian Thomas and right guard Simon Stepaniak are among a few players who could be available for Saturday’s game at Maryland. Allen, however, cautioned that nothing is guaranteed.

Allen has not specified the nature nor the severity of his players’ ailments.

Thomas was most recently banged up during the Oct. 14 loss to Michigan. He traveled to East Lansing for Saturday’s contest at Michigan State, but did not play.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight end has appeared in five games and ranks third on the team with 17 receptions for 260 yards and three touchdowns.

“Ian Thomas is a guy that we tried to go with,” Allen said. “He was a game-time decision, and got him in the warmups and just couldn’t go. So hoping to get him back. That would be a real positive thing.”

Stepaniak also dressed for warmups at Michigan State, but did not play. Allen said Stepaniak, left tackle Coy Cronk, cornerback A’Shon Riggins and hybrid safety Marcelino Ball are all in “wait-and-see” mode.

“Just trying to see where they are physically and be able to get as many back as we can,” Allen said.

The IU coach had no additional update on receiver Donavan Hale, who recently underwent surgery on an unspecified injury. The 6-foot-4 junior has appeared in only three games, making him eligible for a redshirt if he does not return this season.

3 comments

  1. Anybody know what happened to Big bacon this year… it seems like he would be able to get a few yards on short yardage red zone situations…. this seemed to work last year when IUs offensive was banged up….

  2. Homeslice,
    Natee was dealing with an injury early this season, though he’s been named one of IU’s scout team players of the week each of the past two weeks.

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