By Rob Ogden
Sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker, who left the Buckeyes' 56-0 win over Purdue with a sprained right MCL, should be ready to go for Saturday's game at Illinois, coach Urban Meyer said following Monday's practice.
"He's good," Meyer said. "He practiced today, took him out of full contact, but tomorrow is full contact. He should be ready to go."
Decker was held out of practice last week for precautionary reasons.
He is he only underclassman among Ohio State's starting offensive line, and has started all nine games for the Buckeyes this season.
Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry has not been hindered by last week's surgery to correct a dislocated finger, Meyer said.
Meyer said Perry, who is wearing a splint around his right pinky and ring finger, practiced at full speed Monday and practiced all last week.
Perry had been playing through the pain of the finger, and had the surgery on Nov. 4 to correct the injury.
"I've been dealing with it for a few weeks, but it hasn't affected me at all," Perry said. "It feels fine."
Perry has appeared in all nine games for the Buckeyes this season and has 33 tackles.
Junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who is dealing with a pair of injuries, did not practice Monday, Meyer said.
Grant suffered a sprained ankle during the win at Purdue and also has a lower-back injury, but Meyer said they expect Grant to practice tomorrow and be ready to play by Saturday.
Junior receiver Evan Spencer had his injured left knee wrapped in ice after practice Monday, but said he'll be good to go Saturday.
Spencer injured the knee during the Buckeyes' 63-14 win over Penn State on Oct. 26.
"Just gotta keep it iced, I'll be fine," he said.
Spencer played through the injury a week later when the Buckeyes traveled to West Lafayette, and had two receptions for 34 yards in the win.
He has appeared in all nine games for Ohio State this season and has 21 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
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