Ohio State’s defense was going to have enough on its hands trying to slow down the Alabama offense, the most explosive unit in the country. And now, the Buckeyes may be facing an even bigger challenge.

Along with trying to find answers for quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, Ohio State’s defense may also have to account for Jaylen Waddle, who has been out most of the 2020 season due to an ankle inury.

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However, according to AL.com, Waddle is set to return to practice this week and there’s a chance he could play against the Buckeyes in the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 11 in Miami.


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Waddle has been sidelined with the injury since Oct. 24.

In four games this season, Waddle totaled 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns. He suffered the ankle injury in Alabama’s October matchup against Tennessee, and did not record any stats in that game.

Alabama has had no trouble offensively without Waddle on the field. The Crimson Tide average 48.2 points and 535.0 yards per game this season. They are a perfect 12-0 this season and most recently defeated Florida in the SEC Championship Game and Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.

There’s no guarantee Waddle will return to the field for Alabama on Monday. But the thought is pretty scary.