Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is hopeful that star defensive end Nick Bosa will return to the lineup at some point this year, but he’s still unsure if that will be a possibility.

Meyer provided a brief updated on Bosa during his weekly press conference on Monday, but he doesn’t seem to have any expectation one way or the other. He did say that he’s hoping to see the defensive end back on the field in 2018.

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“I believe he’s flying back [to Philadelphia] tomorrow to get rechecked,” Meyer said. “I’m hoping.”

Bosa sustained a core muscle injury during Ohio State’s game against TCU in mid-September. He hasn’t returned to the field.

A few days after the injury, Bosa underwent surgery and has been rehabbing over the last few weeks. Family members of Bosa said that he wouldn’t be re-evaluated until November and his return wouldn’t come until he was cleared.

Bosa is believed to be a future NFL first round pick, which is why his status is being so carefully examined. Putting him in a situation where he could cause further harm or damage to the injured area could affect his draft status.

In three games this season, Bosa recorded 14 tackles, six for loss and four sacks.