Hawkeyes without Hampton for opener

Updated: August 28, 2009, 2:26 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Injuries to Iowa's running backs could make life without Shonn Greene a little more difficult early in the 2009 season.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz told ESPN.com on Friday that sophomore Jewel Hampton likely will miss the Sept. 5 season opener against Northern Iowa because of right knee problems. Hampton originally injured the knee during summer workouts. He returned for the start of camp but had a setback about a week into practice.

The sophomore backed up Greene, who was drafted ...

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