Ryan Day addresses Jaxon Smith-Njigba's snap count vs. Iowa, plans for Week 9
Ryan Day had Jaxon Smith-Njigba on a snap count as a precaution against Iowa. Smith-Njigba has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the majority of the season.
Day revealed that Smith-Njigba wanted to keep playing despite getting close to his snap limit. The team wanted to make sure that his number was somewhere around 20 for the game.
“He’s always been trying to get back out there,” said Day. “We wanted to make sure that number was kept around 20.”
Day on Jaxon Smith-Njigba playing only 20 snaps despite JSN wanting to keep playing: “He’s always been trying to get back out there. We wanted to make sure that number was kept around 20.”
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 25, 2022
As for now, Day says the plan is for Smith-Njigba to play against Penn State. Day chose not to divulge whether or not he’s planning on putting him on a pitch count in back-to-back games.
Will Jaxon Smith-Njigba play this week? Ryan Day: “That’s the plan.”
Will Smith-Njigba be on any kind of a pitch count this week? “We’ll see.”
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Smith-Njigba had 1 catch for 7 yards receiving before he sat out the rest of the game against the Hawkeyes. We’ll see if Day is planning on keeping Smith-Njigba limited during the Penn State game as well.
Ohio State-Penn State kicks off at noon ET on FOX.