OSU Injury Report
By Rob Ogden
Sophomore safety Devan Bogard is out for the season after injuring his ACL Saturday during the Buckeyes' 63-14 win over Penn State, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
Bogard's injury occurred to the same knee that caused him to miss the final four gams of the 2012 season.
He had surgery to repair the first injury and will have a second surgery on the knee later this week, Meyer said.
"Just crushing," Meyer said. "He's in my office right now. Great kid. Actually very positive about it. Big blow."
Bogard has appeared in all eight games for Ohio State this season. He's recorded seven tackles.
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Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell hadn't yet heard the news when asked about Bogard's injury Monday afternoon.
"I sat at dinner with him last night he did not know anything," Fickell said. "It's tough for all of us but when you're in this business for what you do, it's much tougher knowing what the kid's going through. We can get through it. The real thing that hits hard is this kid is going to go through another situation like that and how can he handle it and how tough and how strong mentally to go through another battle like this. So that's what pulls at you."
Bogard is the second Cleveland Glenville product to suffer a season-ending injury this year for the Buckeyes. Senior safety Christian Bryant is out after breaking his leg during the Buckeyes' Sept. 28 win over Wisconsin.
"“All I can say, Devan Bogard, he has a big heart,” junior linebacker Curtis Grant said. “I know he’ll fight back. He’s one of those guys, you tell him he can’t do it, he wants to prove you wrong no matter what.”
Grant, quarterback Braxton Miller and receiver Evan Spencer, each suffered injuries against Penn State, but Meyer said they should all be good to go by Saturday.
Miller limped off the field after leading a touchdown drive midway through the third quarter. He rode the stationary bike on the sideline as was back in the huddle for the Buckeyes' next drive.
Meyer said his quarterback got hit in the knee, but added that he'll be fine, and said they can't afford for him to miss any time.
"Today's the day to get him healthy because we need him full speed Tuesday and Wednesday," Meyer said.
Spencer was helped off the field in the first half with a left knee injury. Meyer said Spencer will be ready to go Saturday at Purdue.
Grant left Saturday's game with a sore neck after leading with his head on a tackle in the second half. He too, should be full-strength by Saturday, Meyer said.
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