OSU WR Brown suffers broken leg
Ohio State sophomore Noah Brown suffered a broken leg in practice, Urban Meyer confirmed to Columbus Dispatch reporter Tim May. Brown will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday.
Brown was one of the Buckeyes expected to emerge in his second year in Columbus after earning playing time as a true freshman.
The Buckeyes media relations staff abruptly canceled interviews following practice Wednesday, which led to a flurry of tweets related to the injury.
Fellow wide receiver Mike Thomas tweeted this:
I'm not going to give up my faith, I know the Lord has something greater for you. Just a bump in the road we have to overcome together… NB
— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 26, 2015
ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler was taking in Buckeye practice on Wednesday and tweeted this after.
Injuries part of football. I've seen so many. But Seeing teammates/coaches react to a serious one during practice, you can feel their pain
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 26, 2015
Wide receivers coach Zach Smith was also in a somber mood following Wednesday’s practice.
This is not our plan… This is God's plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end. ????????
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015
The wide receivers were the group that was supposed to be available to the media on Wednesday. Brown likely would’ve been one of them. Instead, the Buckeyes elected to hold an in-house meeting.
The injury came on the heels of an impressive camp for Brown, one in which he was solidifying himself as one of the main options at the position. Brown already had Urban Meyer’s attention as a true freshman, playing in 13 games for the Buckeyes.
The former four-star recruit was rated the No. 9 athlete in the 2014 class.
OSU was already going to be without the likes of Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson for the season opener against Virginia Tech because of a suspension.
Converted quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Torrance Gibson could be in line for even more reps in the opener.