COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore safety Vonn Bell had surgery on Thursday to repair a sprained MCL per OSU, and will miss the rest of spring practice. He is expected to be back at full speed in May.
Vonn Bell Out For Spring With Knee Injury
By Tony Gerdeman
Bell is a projected starter at safety for the Buckeyes, and in the first spring practice on Tuesday he was with the first team at strong safety.
It was towards the middle of that practice that he came up limping following a nice play on a pass break up. He left the field under his own power and didn't return.
Bell is coming off of a freshman season in which he excelled on special teams, and finally earned his first start in the Orange Bowl. He tied for the team lead with seven solo tackles in that game, and recorded his first career interception.
On Tuesday, Bell was backed up by fellow sophomore Cameron Burrows, who is now expected to take the first team reps next to redshirt sophomore Tyvis Powell.
Urban Meyer spoke earlier in the week of how much he liked his safety trio, but that trio is now reduced by one.
"I like our safeties," he said on Tuesday. "We only have three of them right now. Four would be Ron Tanner. Ron just lacks the physical skills, but he's a very tough kid. I like Vonn, Tyvis and Cam Burrows are twitch-trigger guys back there."
The recovery is not expected to be long lasting, and Bell should be right back at it once offseason workouts resume following spring practice.
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