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Buckeyes' Heyward improves; Adams to sit out

9/1/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State starting defensive end Cameron Heyward is still a bit limited in practice because of an ankle injury, and the junior might not be 100 percent Saturday for the season opener against Navy (ESPN, noon ET). But Heyward appears to be making a quick recovery.

"They kept saying let's give him two-thirds of the reps [Monday] and [defensive coordinator] Jim Heacock couldn't get him out of there, so he seemed awfully good," head coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday.

Left tackle Mike Adams is among several Buckeyes players who will miss Saturday's season opener. Tressel danced around questions asking if Adams has been suspended, only saying, "Well, he won't be with us this week, I can't really talk too much more."

Adams' status for next week's game against USC is also in doubt. Several media outlets have reported the sophomore is suspended, so don't expect him back until Week 3 against Toledo.

Other Ohio State players to miss the opener with injuries include freshman defensive end Melvin Fellows, freshmen defensive backs Orhian Johnson and Travis Howard and freshman running back Jermil Martin.