Injury Update: Defensive Line About to Get Stronger?
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Starting defensive end Adolphus Washington missed a good portion of last week's Northwestern game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to be good to go for the Iowa game on Saturday.
Photo by Dan Harker
“Adolphus is a little bit dinged up,” defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said on Wednesday.
“He's continued to come on. He's still just a true sophomore guy that we put in high esteem and have high expectations for.
"He was dinged up and missed a couple of games with his groin, then he got a little bit of an ankle this past week, so he's had a little bit of a tough go at it right now injury-wise. But he's battling and he's grinding and he's still a 19-year old kid. We should have him for the Iowa game.”
With the way freshman Joey Bosa has been playing in Washington's absence, the defense hasn't necessarily missed a beat without the sophomore in there. However, he has shown repeatedly that when he's healthy, he makes things happen
Ohio State is also in line to get sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt back this week as well.
“There's a good chance,” Fickell said of Schutt's possible return.
“That was our target goal, so next week will tell us a lot. We've got to wait to see what happens next week.”
Schutt did work on his own in practice last week, and how he performs moving forward will determine how much time, if any, he will see against the Hawkeyes.
The prognosis is not so clear for running back Jordan Hall, who was a surprise scratch against Northwestern. What was originally described as a “tweaked knee” has now been termed a “joint issue” by Urban Meyer.
“I just don't know enough about it,” Meyer said on Wednesday when asked when Hall might return.
“There's a joint issue in his knee. He actually did some stuff today, so I'm hoping we get him back.”
Without Hall, the Buckeyes have turned to Carlos Hyde, and he has answered the call emphatically. Hyde has rushed for 294 yards since his return three games ago. He has clearly taken over the workload from Hall, who leads the team with 427 yards rushing this season. Hall however has only five touches since Hyde's return.
The other most problematic knee on the Ohio State football team belongs to Braxton Miller, though anybody involved with the football team who is asked has said that Miller is 100% physically.
One captain who is not 100% is safety Christian Bryant, who is likely out for the year. Meyer said late last week that he hasn't even looked into whether or not Bryant will be able to return, because he's more worried about Bryant's schooling and things of the like.
In Bryant's place, Pittsburgh Brown was given fair marks, but Meyer is hoping to see something out of freshman safety Vonn Bell, and he's leaving it up to his coaches to make it happen.
“I hope so,” he said when asked if Bell will be getting more involved.
“He practices good, he's got talent. I challenged our coaches to get him ready to go play. It's not because of lack of effort or anything like that, but we've got to get him in there.”
Staying in the secondary, there has been speculation that some of Bradley Roby's struggles have been because he is battling injuries. When asked about that possibility, Meyer responded, “I don't think so.”
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