C.J. Barnett Likely Out for Saturday's Game Against Buffalo
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The-Ozone has learned that senior safety C.J. Barnett, one of eight Buckeye team captains, likely will not play on Saturday due to an ankle sprain.
Ohio State has not confirmed the injury, saying that outside of defensive tackle Tommy Schutt nobody has been ruled out for tomorrow. There has been no word on the severity of Barnett's injury as of yet.
Barnett was fourth on the team in tackles last season with 56, and his two interceptions were second on the team. Senior Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown is listed as Barnett's backup, and he would be expected to get the start in Barnett's place.
Brown is also the team's top dime back, which means that freshman Cam Burrows or sophomore Devan Bogard would likely move to Brown's spot when the Buckeyes go to six defensive backs.
Barnett has dealt with injuries throughout his career, missing three games last season, as well as redshirting in 2010 following a season-ending injury two weeks into the season.
If he cannot play on Saturday, the Buckeyes will be featuring a defense where linebacker Ryan Shazier and safety Christian Bryant are the only two returning starters from a year ago.
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