Jordan Hall Injury Update
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State senior running back Jordan Hall has a "chronic knee problem," coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Hall was held out of Saturday's 56-0 win over Purdue with a lingering knee issue that also kept him out of Ohio State's Oct. 5 win at Northwestern. Hall returned the following week against Iowa, but recorded only two carries for 11 yards.
Hall suffered the injury in practice in the days leading up to the game against the Wildcats.
Meyer said that they planned to use the running back against Purdue, but that he was a game-day scratch after Hall woke up and decided he wasn't well enough to play.
Hall has rushed for a career-high 519 yards this season, but only for 117 since Carlos Hyde returned from suspension in week four.
Meyer said he's hoping Hall will be ready to go next Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Illinois.
Even if Hall is ready to play, it's unclear how much playing time he'll actually get.
Hyde is the clear No. 1 back, and freshman Ezekiel Elliott was once again impressive in Hall's absence on Saturday. Elliott had 60 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on eight carries with the second-team offense.
Add in Dontre Wilson and there aren't many carries left to go around.
Hall has had trouble staying on the field in the past, and lost the starting job prior to the 2012 season after suffering a severely cut foot.
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