Poggi looking up; MacMillan doubtful for regular season

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IOWA CITY -- If Iowa had a long-term injury list, linebacker Jim Poggi and offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan would be on that list.

Things are looking up for Poggi. MacMillan, however, is going to be a longer wait.

Poggi, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound redshirt freshman, has practiced the last two weeks and earned "scout team player of the week" before the Minnesota game a couple of weeks ago. Poggi had a shoulder surgery sometime in the summer. He also was one of 13 players who were stricken with rhabdomyolysis in January.

"He's back with us now, and he's doing well," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. "He had a couple ups and downs, but that's part of coming back from an injury, so he's back with us."

MacMillan started the first six games last season, but suffered a shoulder injury and missed the final seven weeks. This season, a sports hernia has kept him off the field. He returned to workouts a few weeks ago, but his status is doubtful for the rest of the regular season.

"Nolan is, I would say, maybe working 50 percent, something like that, but it's increasing incrementally, so I mean, right now until he's back he's got a lot of ground to cover just like Brad [Rogers, fullback] did, but at least the arrow is going the right direction right now," Ferentz said.

Asked if they could participate this season, Ferentz said:

"Jimmy might have a chance, but I think Nolan right now, we've got, what, less than three weeks left, so that's probably not now, but maybe the Bowl game, we'll see."

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