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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Sorry for the lull in posting -- a lot of Big Ten news to chase today -- but I wanted to update you on Iowa cornerback Jordan Bernstine, who has officially been ruled out for the season after sustaining an ankle injury in Wednesday's practice.
Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Thursday that Bernstine will be sidelined for the year. Bernstine is expected to undergo surgery on the ankle.
"We all feel badly for Jordan -- he has worked very hard and was doing well," Ferentz said in a statement. "That said, I am confident he will bounce back from this very disappointing injury."
This is a tough break for Bernstine, who was projected to start at cornerback opposite Amari Spievey. Bernstine appeared in 12 games last fall and was coming on strong in practice.
Sophomore William Lowe likely slides into the top spot. Shaun Prater could end up being the starter but will be suspended for Iowa's first two games following a drunken driving arrest in February.