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Kirk Ferentz Announces Injury Update For WR Brandon Smith

A closeup of Kirk Ferentz during an Iowa football game.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes is seen on the sidelines during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith suffered an apparent lower-body injury on Saturday against Purdue. He did not return to the game.

Smith was seen leaving the game on crutches, as emphasized in the video below.

In his post-game presser, Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said Smith's injury was probably just a bone bruise. But on Monday, Smith was not listed on Iowa's two-deep depth chart. It was a pretty clear indication the Iowa WR is going to miss some time.

The Hawkeyes head coach addressed his team's injury situation on Tuesday and had some unfortunate news to share.

Ferentz said Smith will miss "a couple weeks," but he did not give an exact timetable for the receiver's return.

The Gazette was first to report the news.

Through seven games this season, Smith had 33 receptions for 407 yards and four touchdowns. All marks set this season are personal bests for Smith. The junior was having a great year prior to his injury.

The Hawkeyes are 5-2 through seven games which includes losses to Michigan and Penn State. Iowa still has to play Wisconsin later this year.

But first, Ferentz and his squad will suit up and play Northwestern on Saturday. The Iowa head coach had serious praise for the Wildcats' defense.

"They don't give you anything easy or cheap," Ferentz said, via Twitter.

The Hawkeyes will now have to adjust without Smith on offense.