While Ohio State has been able to avoid injuries to the majority of their starters, a significant amount of role players have missed time for the Buckeyes this season and continue to battle back to make their return to the field.
The bulk of the injury list sits at the wide receiver position and coach Urban Meyer gave the following updates today on coach Zach Smith’s unit:
Braxton Miller sat out yesterdays practice with what Meyer described as a “sore neck,” but added he expects the former two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year to participate in practice Tuesday. Smith, his position coach said there is “no doubt” he expects Miller to play on Saturday against Illinois.
Parris Campbell is still listed as questionable per Meyer, who added that the redshirt freshman is “getting close to getting back.” Campbell has played in just one game since starting the first three on the season and has not yet recorded a catch.
Dontre Wilson continues to battle a foot injury that was initially suffered in last year’s Michigan State win. Wilson had what Meyer called a “procedure” during Ohio State’s bye week on his foot and was seen in a walking boot on the sidelines during the game against Minnesota.
According to Smith, the issue with Wilson is making sure his foot heals properly.
“He’s just been a little cautious because you don’t want to reinjure it,” Smith said. “Nothing new, really, we’re just being tentative because once it’s healed we want it healed correctly. We don’t want to reinjure it with it not being fully healed or not being at full strength.”
Smith added that the coaching staff will find out Tuesday if he is healthy enough to practice.
Johnnie Dixon continues to battle with tendinitis in his knees according to Smith.
“He had that procedure a while back to get it cleaned out, and it’s the same thing. We just want to make sure it doesn’t come back,” Smith said. “You don’t want scar tissue or inflammation to come back, so we’re just being cautious with it.”
Corey Smith and Noah Brown remain out for the season with broken legs.
Defensively, coaches did not offer any updates on injured players, but as of Monday afternoon the injury list was significantly smaller than that side of the ball than on offense.
Defensive lineman Tommy Schutt has missed the last two games with a broken bone in his wrist. The senior started the first seven games of the season for the Buckeyes and Ohio State is set to play in his home state of Illinois this weekend.
Safety Erick Smith was announced out for the season last week by coach Meyer with a knee injury. Smith finished the season with six tackles in limited time.