Sophomore linebacker Shane DiBona will miss the 2011 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in practice on Wednesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Thursday afternoon.
DiBona, who was the No. 2 outside linebacker a week into camp, underwent successful surgery Thursday morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a release.
DiBona saw action in all 13 games a year ago with two starts. He recorded six solo tackles and seven assists.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was one of 13 UI players who were stricken by rhabdomyolysis in January. He also had shoulder surgery in February.
Now who's No. 2 OLB -- Maybe the No. 2 WLB, Christian Kirksey or Anthony Hitchens. Or, when he's cleared to go full go, sophomore Dakota Getz.
Medical hardship? -- Don't think so. Generally, those go to players who've lost two seasons. Iowa can apply. We wouldn't know about it for two years.Special teams impact? -- Yes. DiBona had a role there last season and might've been elevated this year.