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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Report: Iowa CB Bernstine breaks ankle

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa junior cornerback Jordan Bernstine broke his ankle in practice Wednesday and will need surgery, according to a report in the Des Moines Register. 

Bernstine's high school coach, Tom Mihalovich, who spoke to Bernstine's mother, told the newspaper that Bernstine sustained the injury during drills. 

"He was one of the gunners going down in coverage," Mihalovich said of what he learned from Bernstine's mother. "I guess he was shuffling and rolled it over, snapped it pretty good." 

Bernstine entered preseason camp as a starter after earning the top job in the spring. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve last fall and recorded 12 tackles and an interception. 

The apparent loss of Bernstine thins Iowa's depth at cornerback, at least early in the season. Shaun Prater will be suspended for the Hawkeyes' first two games following a drunken driving arrest in February. Sophomore William Lowe and redshirt freshman Greg Castillo are the next men in at corner opposite standout Amari Spievey. 

I'll try to confirm Bernstine's injury with Iowa this morning, so check back for updates.