Ginn Says Broken Toe No Real Concern

The best news Ohio State's Big Ten opponents could have is that junior wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will miss time due to a broken small toe. But, alas, that will not be the case. Ginn, who suffered the injury last week, played through the pain against Indiana and told reporters Wednesday he does not plan on missing any of OSU's last four regular season games. Click here for more.

One of the big topics in Columbus this week has been the little toe on the right foot of Ohio State junior wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

But Ginn told reporters on Wednesday that he is fine and does not expect to miss time due to the injury. He broke his toe when he banged it on a door last Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"I bumped it on a door going into a meeting room," said Ginn, whose Buckeyes are preparing to host Minnesota on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC).

Ginn has been spotted wearing a walking boot to protect the injury.

"It's just ice and doing all the things you do with rehab when you're hurt," Ginn said of the treatment plan.

Ginn is OSU's leading receiver with 41 catches for 589 yards (14.4 average) and seven touchdowns. He also tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass on a reverse last week against Indiana. He was asked how the injury has impacted him.

"Not that much," said Ginn, who is still full-go in drills. "It hurts a little bit, but not that much. I just pad it up and just keep moving forward.

"I played through it. I try to be a strong individual. If I'm going to play, I'm not going to make any excuses and say my foot was hurting or something else. I do what I do."

Reporters asked quarterback Troy Smith whether he was concerned about Ginn's health.

"How concerned am I?" Smith asked. "I'm not that concerned because our staff here does a great job with injuries. They'll take all the necessary steps to get him back to par and get him back to where he feels comfortable. He's a fighter. He'll get through it. He's done everything he needs to do to get through a fractured toe.

"If he can play and do all the things he normally can, I'm sure he will. But if he can't, I'm sure he will still be a positive person whether he is contributing a little or a lot."

Ginn was asked if OSU's blowout wins – where the starters have been able to relax in the fourth quarter – are a positive or a negative.

"It goes both ways," Ginn said. "I really don't want to see a good guy go down where he doesn't have to play. As a player, you want to play every game until the time runs out. The circumstances we've been in, the only game I really came out of early was last week.

"Bowling Green, I played until there was five minutes left in the fourth. Every other game, I've played all of them out. Michigan State was fourth quarter, maybe eight minutes left."

Last week, Smith scrambled and got outside the pocket in time to find Ginn streaking across the end zone on their 29-yard touchdown.

"It's rare for Troy to scramble this year, compared to last year," Ginn said. "If he gets free to throw the ball downfield, you just try to be there."

Ginn and Smith go back to their childhood days in Cleveland and high school days at Glenville High School. With four games and a bowl game remaining, Ginn said he can see that time is winding down on this successful combination.

"I have thought me playing my last game with Troy," Ginn said. "It's something special here and something special we have together. It's going to be hard to try and go somewhere and play with a guy you haven't played with before. It goes back three years and even farther than that. We will miss each other.

"But we knew there would be a time where we would have to split up and go our separate ways. But the brotherhood and the love you have for one another should carry you through until you see or meet each other again."

Ginn was asked if he and Smith harbored any thoughts of playing together at the professional level.

"It's a dream, but the way we're both playing right now that will probably not happen," he said.

Ginn was asked about the relationships Smith has built with his receivers, including fellow standout Anthony Gonzalez.

"Being a quarterback, you have a relationship with everybody," Ginn said. "They have had a relationship all while they've been here. Being a quarterback, you have to be a leader. He has a relationship with everybody from the center to the top receiver."

Ginn was asked if the idea Smith will not be back would influence his decision to return to OSU in 2007.

"It's hard to say," he said. "The thing to do is just play hard and play tough."

On Tuesday, tailback Antonio Pittman told reporters he plans to return and he hopes to win the Heisman Trophy next year. Ginn was asked what that competition would be like if he also decides to return.

"Everybody is going to come back and play as hard as they can," he said. "All you can do is play hard. The more you compete with each other, the more it will bring your team down. The more you go out and play as hard as you can, it makes everything a better situation for you."

In the meantime, Ginn said the Buckeyes just need to concentrate on the road ahead – beginning with Minnesota.

"We're going to have a tough road because everybody is going to come here to try and take something from us," he said. "We just have to go out and play hard and play tough. We need to keep each other first and keep God first and play as hard as we can and we can make the way."

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