"Time Will Tell" If Sudfeld and Howard Are Ready For Penn State

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld was knocked out of the loss against Ohio State.  Image: Scout.com

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld was knocked out of the loss against Ohio State. Image: Scout.com

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Fans of the Indiana Football program are going to have to hold their breath in regards to the injuries sustained on Saturday to two of its key players in quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Jordan Howard. Head coach Kevin Wilson would not go into detail about the injuries but did say he didn't "think any of those injuries are major."

Sudfeld originally hurt his ankle in the forth quarter in the win at Wake Forest Sept. 26. He said he re-aggravated it during the first half of the Ohio State game to a point where he couldn't get any power into his throws. Sudfeld said he "hopes to play Saturday" when the Hoosiers hit the road against Penn State. Wilson cut Sudfeld's media session short after a question about his own time line was brought up.

Wilson did say in his press conference that, "if Nate's healthy and he can protect himself and play, he's going to play."

Howard, who leads the team in rushing, is also dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered when Joey Bosa sacked Sudfeld and they both rolled up on Howard's leg. Howard tried to come back multiple times, but just didn't look healthy enough to be productive. 

Just how long it will be until the two are on the field is anyone's guess but Wilson said, "so is it by Saturday? A week? 14? Time will tell. We're not going to push it."

Additionally the end of Wilson's press conference got a little tense when reporter asked about the situation with defensive lineman Darius Latham, who missed the Ohio State game with an undisclosed issue. When asked about the junior defensive tackle Wilson responded, "Didn't you send them (an) e-mail about the statement last week? Okay. You got that, right?"

Wilson was then asked a second time if the issue was an academic issue. He quipped back again "I thought they got an e-mail. Did you guys get it? Were you guys copied? I thought it said, no further comment. Sorry. We can carbon copy it."

So only time will tell if these three players will be suited up and ready to play at State College against Penn State on Saturday.