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Gazette photographer Brian Ray found this photo while searching for a better Shane DiBona picture for today's story.

Doesn't look good, does it?

Clayborn did leave the Wisconsin game briefly in the second half. He did return and has reported no wear and tear on his ankle or knee.

Tuesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he was fine.

"Not that I know of," Ferentz said when asked if Clayborn was dinged up. "I think he's okay. I think he's playing well."

No point here. Just thought the photo looked sort of scary. Might be the angle to, the angle of the photo and not the angle that Clayborn is bent in.

For what it's worth, before the season the Clayborns did invest in the NCAA’s insurance program (Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Insurance), which usually includes 100 to 150 athletes a year.

An NCAA football player has to project — the NCAA conducts confidential evaluations — into the top three rounds of the draft to be eligible. The student is issued a loan and must repay it when eligibility is up.

The insurance is invididualized and can cover as much as $5 million for football. Premiums cost around $10,000 per $1 million insured.

Clayborn didn’t talk numbers, but did confirm it’s been purchased.

“To know that you have something in case you get injured, you might as well do it to protect yourself,” Clayborn said.

Ferentz said it’s probably a good deal for the insurance company.

“There are very few career-ending injuries, and that’s what that insurance is for,” Ferentz said. “Conversely, if a guy comes back to college and has his eyes on the NFL, I don’t think that’s a good deal for anybody. I think this works out.”

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