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Monday Practice Report: Darius Hamilton's Health

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers defensive lineman and team captain Darius Hamilton addressed the latest on his health after a mid-game injury against Iowa.

The Headline – With two season-ending injuries to senior teammates Janarion Grant and Quanzell Lambert, Darius Hamilton assessed his own health Monday when he met with the media.

With a boot on his left foot, the fifth-year senior defensive tackle assured his status would be good to go for Saturday when Rutgers (2-2, 0-1) treks to No. 2 Ohio State (3-0) for its first Big Ten road game.

“I was hurting at the time (after the injury in the game against Iowa), you know what I mean?” Hamilton said. “Hurting for the rest of the game. But I’m fine, I’m good.”

A cut block in the third quarter shook up Hamilton before he returned to the game. The senior captain said he played through the pain.

Before the Scarlet Knights take on the Buckeyes, Hamilton said his health would “no doubt” be back to where it was before the Iowa game.

As far as the cut block — the play nullified a 75-yard touchdown run by the Hawkeyes — Hamilton did not have an opinion on whether it was dirty or not. Injuries are a part of the game, he said.

“I don’t have an opinion on (the block),” he said. “It happened, a call went in our favor. Whether it was dirty or not, it’s part of the game of football. Football is 100-percent injury, right? And I just got a little nicked up.”

Worth Noting – With a different type of cast on his hand, true freshman Dacoven Bailey returns to wide receiver this week. Bailey played cornerback and special teams the last two weeks. He provides athletic depth with Janarion Grant out of action.

Quote of the Day – “I'm probably going to get blasted again on Twitter for defending Chris Laviano but he's our quarterback. That's fine. I'm good with that.” – Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer on supporting his players. -- Laviano was not available to the  media during Monday's session.

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