Ohio State's Cordle (ankle) to miss 3-4 weeks

September, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Ohio State's much maligned offensive line will be without its most experienced member for the next 3-4 weeks, as starting right tackle Jim Cordle is out with an ankle injury.

Cordle actually sustained the injury last week in practice, but he started and played against USC and returned to practice this week. But the ankle got progressively worse and Cordle underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

Sophomores J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams, two heralded recruits who have yet to play major roles yet, will get more work in the coming weeks. Shugarts will make his first career start at right tackle Saturday against Toledo, while Adams will be the backup at both tackle spots. Junior Andy Miller remains the starter at left tacke.

Adams is active for the game after missing the first two weeks. Sources told me Adams had been suspended, though head coach Jim Tressel never acknowledged it.

Cordle has played all three offensive line positions and made 28 career starts. He started at center in 2007 and for part of 2008 before moving to guard. He switched to right tackle before this season.

Cordle's loss is a blow for Ohio State, though the team has recruited extremely well to the offensive line. It's time for coordinator/line coach Jim Bollman to get the most out of the group as the Buckeyes' entire offense has come under fire after the USC loss.

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