Meyer Hopeful Decker Will Play vs. Illinois
By Rob Ogden
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ohio State sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker left Saturday's game against Purdue with a sprained right MCL and will not practice this week, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.
The good news for Decker is that Meyer said there was no swelling in the knee, and added that he is hopeful that Decker will be able to play next Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Illinois following a bye this weekend.
Meyer said they are holding Decker out of practice for precautionary reasons.
Decker was the only starting offensive lineman on the field when he was hurt late in the second half. Decker was helped off the field, then limped back to the Buckeyes' locker room at Ross-Ade Stadium under his own power.
He has started in all nine games for Ohio State this season, and has become a reliable force on the right side of the line after struggling early on in the season.
If Decker isn't able to go, redshirt freshman Kyle Dodson would likely start in his place.
Redshirt sophomore Chase Farris competed with Decker for the starting right tackle job during fall camp, but Farris was moved back to defensive line, where he began his career, when tackle Tommy Schutt suffered a broken bone in his foot days before the season began.
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