Urban Meyer announces two players out with long-term injuries
What’s fall camp without a few injuries?
Last year, Noah Brown’s season-ending injury in fall camp was the biggest blow to the Buckeyes. This year, Ohio State has a couple of long-term injuries that will put even more pressure on the program’s youth.
Urban Meyer announced on Sunday that sophomore defensive end Darius Slade will be out for the season with an Achilles rupture and that JUCO transfer defensive end Malcolm Pridgeon will miss three months with a knee injury.
Both players were expected to serve key roles as backups in 2016.
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Slade was slotted behind breakout candidate Sam Hubbard at defensive end. The former four-star recruit played in seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Since he already used his redshirt, it remains to be seen if he’ll have two or three years of eligibility remaining when he returns in 2017.
Pridgeon, on the other hand, could still return late in the season. He was expected to back up Jamarco Jones at left tackle or possibly rotate in at one of the guard positions.
Ohio State was already dealing with major turnover in the trenches with just two starters back. Now, as Meyer said, that depth is a concern.