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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL: Week 3 of Preseason

A major injury was the biggest story of the week.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 of NFL Preseason action was a bit quieter on the Hawkeye front than the two previous weeks. While several players looked like they’ve secured roster spots, other are seeing their action and involvement taper off. One former star Hawkeye suffered what appears to be a serious injury that could keep him out for a while.

Let’s take a look.

Jake Rudock, Quarterback, Detroit Lions

It’s safe to say the No. 2 quarterback spot is Rudock’s in Detroit. He went 10-13 for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots.

Micah Hyde and Greg Mabin, Defensive Backs, Buffalo Bills

It was a quiet night for this duo of Iowa alums. Hyde logged two tackles, while Mabin recorded one agains the Ravens. Quiet as it may have been, both appear to have decent shots at making Buffalo’s final roster.

Henry Krieger-Coble, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

HKC saw only one target against the Steelers, but it was good for a 20 yard gain. He’s proven to be a serviceable player at the position. Right now, I don’t see a reason why he wouldn’t make the team.

Christian Kirksey, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns

Kirksey had a solid outing against Tampa Bay, logging six tackles and a sack. He is one of the leaders of what very well could end up being a decent Cleveland defense in 2017.

Anthony Hitchens, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

Hitchens had a nice outing against the Raiders, logging two tackles and defending one pass before suffering a leg injury that may keep him out for a couple of months. That would be a huge blow to Dallas’ playoff hopes, already staring at six weeks without Ezekiel Elliott.

Desmond King, Defensive Back, Los Angeles Chargers

King had a quiet outing compared to his first two games, but still made a contribution. He had two tackles and a defended pass against the Rams and still looked like a seasoned NFL veteran.

C.J. Beathard, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers

Beathard had his worst game of the preseason so far, overthrowing receivers all night and looking flustered at times in the face of a fierce Minnesota front seven. His 7-13, 159 yard and 1 touchdown line was padded by a short pass that was turned into a long run by the running back he dumped it off to.

Jaleel Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings

Johnson was part of the Minnesota front that was up in Beathard’s face. He finished his night with two tackles and a couple of quarterback pressures. Like King, Johnson has the look of a player who will be a pro for a long time.