Lindsay Stepping Away From Team

Ohio State fifth-year center Chad Lindsay has announced that he will be stepping away from football due to injuries.

After sustaining multiple injuries, Ohio State fifth-year senior Chad Lindsay has decided to step away from football. He announced his decision in an email Monday night.

“As most of you know, I sustained a serious injury during fall camp and, unfortunately, was re-injured last week,” Lindsay said. “As a result, and after careful consideration, I have determined that it is time for me to walk away from football. I have had a great career and I will always be grateful for so many wonderful experiences.

“I would like to thank Coach Meyer, the coaching staff, players and trainers as it has been an honor to be a part of The Ohio State University football family. I wish the team great success for the remainder of the season. Go Buckeyes!”

Lindsay, who was a graduate transfer from Alabama, was expected to earn the starting job at OSU after starting four games for the Crimson Tide in 2013. However, an adjustment to hurry-up football took longer than expected.

“The pace is the only thing that’s different,” Lindsay told on Aug. 10. “At Alabama, we would huddle every play. Here you go up to the line of scrimmage and snap the ball and go again. That was a little bit of a change, but it’s been a fun change, though.”

He was also hindered by a lack of playing time – January was the last time he had played football until he arrived at Columbus in June.

“It took me a few practices just to get back to the swing of things,” Lindsay said. “It had been a while. Since we’ve been through that, I feel a lot better now and feel like it’s coming back.”

The circumstances surrounding his injury are unclear, but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in an Aug. 16 press conference that Lindsay had dinged up his shoulder. He took part in warmups for both the Navy and Virginia Tech games but did not see the field for either one.

With redshirt freshman Billy Price exiting the center battle and now starting at right guard, an injury to starting center Jacoby Boren would put Ohio State in a much more precarious position now that Lindsay is unavailable.

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