Iowa will be without a key lineman for at least the next month, Kirk Ferentz said on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Ike Boettger will miss four to six weeks with a torn Achilles, Ferentz told the media during the B1G coaches teleconference.

While the loss of Boettger is significant for Iowa, the injury isn’t nearly as bad as previously expected. The lineman was injured during the Hawkeyes’ 44-41 win over Iowa State and was expected to miss the rest of the season.

Fortunately, it sounds like Boettger will be back on the field at some point this season.