The Buckeyes didn'r play Saturday and while that may leave fans longing to see Ohio State on the field, the time off is a good thing for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State is dealing with a multitude of injuries through eight games and need to get healthy for the stretch run.
“I think it’s come at a great time for the team,” captain Joshua Perry said of the open week. “Just with the momentum and the improvements that we’ve made and carrying that in to a developmental session and a session where guys get healthy, making sure we can get guys fresh and healthy because it has been eight games with four pretty big ones coming up.”
Perry is one of those players trying to get healthy. He was carted off the field after spraining his ankle on Ohio State’s first defensive drive against Penn State. He missed the remainder of that game, but played through pain against Rutgers.
The linebacker admitted he was not 100 percent against the Scarlet Knights, though he was positive he would be by the time the Buckeyes are back on the field against Minnesota on Nov. 7.
While Perry is confident he’ll be back, there are a couple of Buckeyes whose status is less clear. Here is a rundown of the injured Ohio State players.
DT Tommy Schutt: The defensive tackle missed the game at Rutgers after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist the Monday after the game against Penn State. He played with that injury against the Nittany Lions, but had surgery after the game with the hope of returning soon.
Michael Hill and Joel Hale rotated in for Schutt at Rutgers and Meyer said on Oct. 29 that he hopes to get the starting defensive tackle back “in a couple weeks.”
WR Dontre Wilson: After suffering a broken foot against Michigan State last season, Wilson worked his way back to health for the start of the year. He’s had some setbacks with the injury.
Urban Meyer has offered few specifics on the injury, simply saying that “his foot is still bothering him,” on Oct. 19.
WR Johnnie Dixon: The wide receiver remains limited as he deals with tendinitis in both knees. He played sparingly against Penn State, but did not see time against Rutgers.
WR Parris Campbell: A valuable gunner on special teams, Campbell has not been fully healthy in weeks. The receiver continues to deal with a knee injury. He initially suffered the sprained MCL and knee bruise against Northern Illinois on Sept. 17, but returned to the field against Maryland. He suffered a setback in practice following that game and hasn’t played since.
S Erick Smith: The reserve safety had developed to the point that there was little to no drop off when he entered the game. The sophomore was injured in the game against Maryland and while few details have been given about his leg injury, Meyer did call it “an ACL injury” in his Oct. 14 press conference.
LB Craig Fada: The special teams standout missed the Rutgers game after suffering a head injury. Whether the walk on will be available for the Minnesota game remains to be seen.
Out for the Season
WR Noah Brown: Suffered a broken leg in fall camp.
WR Corey Smith: Broke his leg against Indiana Oct. 3. Meyer was optimistic that the senior would get a medical red shirt and be able to return to the team in 2016.
S Cam Burrows: Had surgery to replace a broken bone in his foot the week of Oct. 5.
LB Nick Conner: The freshman locked up his red shirt status after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice Oct. 6.