Jaxon Smith-Njigba injury update: Key Buckeye receiver seen in full pads at practice
Ohio State caught a tough break when they lost star wide receiver Jaxson Smith-Njigba early in the 21-10 win over No. 5 Notre Dame with a hamstring injury. On Wednesday, Smith-Njigba was seen in full pads, walking lightly off-the-field, per a video from Eleven Warriors’ Griffin Strom.
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After practice, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said he would not have Smith-Njigba practice or play if he wasn’t 100%.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba seems to be moving gingerly on his injured leg coming off the practice field at OSU, but is wearing full pads.
Ryan Day says the Buckeyes won’t risk future injury if JSN isn’t at 100%. pic.twitter.com/xo3mSY1OlQ
— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) September 7, 2022
Smith-Njigba only two receptions for three yards in the win over Notre Dame before he was pulled due to injury. Ohio State accounted for 219 passing yards and two touchdowns on 22 completions without Smith-Njigba.
Last year, he caught 95 receptions for 1,606 yards and 9 touchdowns in 13 games played. It is unknown if Smith-Njigba will be able to play in Saturday’s home game against Arkansas State.