No Redshirt for Bryant

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Meyer Says No Extra Year for Bryant
By Rob Ogden

Injured senior safety Christian Bryant's appeal for a medical redshirt has been denied by the NCAA, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Thursday morning.

Bryant broke his ankle on the penultimate play of Ohio State's 31-24 win over Wisconsin Sept. 28.

Meyer said it came down to numbers. Under NCAA bylaws, Bryant has played in too many games this season to receive a redshirt. Meyer did say a second appeal could be coming.

Last month, Meyer said he didn't know if there was a chance Bryant could play in Friday's Orange Bowl against Clemson, but as the weeks progressed it became clear Bryant wouldn't be even close to ready.

"There was a little bit of outside hope, but the injury was pretty severe," Meyer said. "I'm not sure there's another appeal process, but appeals haven't been very good to the Buckeyes recently."

At one point during his rehab, Bryant said he wash't sure if he would take a redshirt even if the opportunity presented itself.

Thursday, Meyer called Bryant the team's best player on either offense or defense.

Along with Bryant, the Ohio State secondary will be without junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who is still recovering from a bruised bone in his knee he suffered during the Big Ten Championship game.

The update on Bryant was more bad news for the Buckeyes, who have seemingly been plagued by bad news all week.

It appears both Bryant and Roby have played their final games in scarlet and gray.

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