- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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My apologies for posting this a little late, but Iowa will be down a linebacker as sophomore Shane DiBona is expected to miss the 2011 season following Achilles' tendon surgery.
Coach Kirk Ferentz said DiBona suffered the injury Wednesday in practice and underwent surgery Thursday morning. DiBona started two games last season and entered preseason camp as a backup.
Although DiBona's absence hurts Iowa's depth, the Hawkeyes should still be in decent shape at linebacker with projected starters James Morris and Tyler Nielsen and most likely Anthony Hitchens or Christian Kirksey in the third spot.
DiBona was among the 13 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyolosis in January and also underwent shoulder surgery in February.