CHICAGO – Iowa linebacker James Morris and cornerback Jordan Lomax are both recovering after appendicitis attacks a week apart earlier this month.
“We went 14 years with four cases that we could recall. Then had two cases in a week to 10 days,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “They’ll be fine.”
Ferentz said neither player had incisions during surgery, which will speed up their recovery process.
“It shook me up, yes,” said Morris, who had his surgery last Tuesday. “I was pretty sick for two to three days. I went to the emergency room once. They got everything calmed down. They sent me home. Then I got sick again. So I went back and got a CT scan.”
Morris expects to be on the field for Iowa’s season opener August 31 against Northern Illinois.
“The recovery is a little different for everybody,” Morris said. “In two weeks (from surgery), I can start working out again. And in three or four weeks, give or take, I’ll be 100 percent again. I fully expect to be 100 percent by kickoff, and hopefully I’ll miss very little camp (practice starts Aug. 5). That’s the way things are going to play out.”