Pryor Likely to Miss Rest of Spring
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There wasn’t much hope or need for Terrelle Pryor to return to full-time action this spring, but now it appears certain that Ohio State’s senior quarterback will not take his first snaps of this off-season until the fall.
“He’ll be back running around at the first of May,” OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel said during Wednesday’s Big Ten conference call.
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The Buckeyes officially conclude spring practice with their annual Scarlet and Gray spring game on April 23, which means Pryor will not participate in football activities this spring. He has resumed throwing the football from a stand-still position but has not taken part in any of the practices thus far after undergoing off-season surgery.
Pryor injured the tendons in his foot while diving for a first down late in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. He could barely stand after the game and had to be supported by a trainer during his post-game interview on the field.
The 6-foot-6, 233-pound quarterback underwent surgery in January to stabilize the tendons in his foot and missed all of winter conditioning. He had a follow-up procedure during the first week of spring practice to remove “hardware” from the foot.
Pryor had his protective boot removed and resumed light jogging shortly after the second procedure, but there was no rush to get him back on the field. Along with teammates DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Solomon Thomas, Pryor will miss the first five games to start the 2011 season.
That means the Buckeyes must spend the off-season finding his replacement, even if it is only temporary.
“I think it is critical by the end of 15 practices that we do start thinking about some sort of a pecking order because when we get back in August the repetitions are going to be diluted a little bit because Terrelle will be back in there,” Tressel said.
“You’re not going to be able to spread them out like we have been this spring.”
With Pryor looking on, Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton, Taylor Graham and newcomer Braxton Miller have been battling it out this spring for the right to start the season-opener against Akron this fall.
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