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Ferentz: Parker may be back this week

[ 1 ] October 26, 2010 |

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said “there’s a chance” that defensive coordinator Norm Parker may be back this weekend, but in a limited capacity.

“When I say back, not in the office,” Ferentz said on the Big Ten teleconference. “He can be in the stadium, and that’s a great thing for all of us.”

Parker has been out of action since the opener against Eastern Illinois. He has been in and out of the hospital with complications from diabetes, and had his right foot amputated.

“We’re making progress; he’s gaining ground each week,” Ferentz said. “He’s dealing not only with prosthesis, but his general health.”

Iowa is 4-2 without Parker, and the Iowa defense has given up 329 rushing and 540 passing yards the past two weeks against Michigan and Wisconsin.

Parker, 69, has been with Ferentz since he came to Iowa in 1999, also coached 12 years at Michigan State (1983-94).

“We’re close,” Ferentz said. “I don’t know how close. Our focus is looking at the big picture. A day or two right now is not the critical thing. We’re trying to get him back for the long haul.”

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