Beanie sits out practice, status still unknown

September, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Stop everything you're doing right now. There's a Beanie Wells update. Sort of.

The Ohio State star running back sat out today's practice and continues to undergo treatments on his injured right foot. According to team spokeswoman Shelly Poe, Wells wore a protective boot at practice.

His status for Saturday's game against Ohio -- and more importantly the following week against USC -- is unknown and might not be for awhile. Wells hurt his foot on a noncontact play in the third quarter against Youngstown State.

"[Wells] has been diligent in taking as many treatments as possible from our athletic trainers the past two days," Poe wrote in an e-mail to reporters.

I see no way Wells plays against Ohio, and he shouldn't. Ohio State should do everything it can to get the junior ready for USC, a team that looked flat-out dominant in Week 1 against Virginia.

As far as information from Ohio State, don't expect too much. As Chris Dufresne points out in the Los Angeles Times, it benefits the Buckeyes to keep USC guessing heading into Week 3. Trojans coach Pete Carroll expects to Wells to be ready after seeing his own star (quarterback Mark Sanchez) bounce back fast from injury. Ohio State recruit Jamaal Berry said Wells told him he would be fine.

Ohio coach Frank Solich wants to see Wells on the field Saturday at The Shoe.

"I don't think that there's anybody in the game that coaches or that plays that likes to see any player go down," Solich said Monday, "and when you have a guy of that caliber, legitimate Heisman Trophy guy, maybe even the frontrunner, it's a shame. We hope that actually he'll be able to play. ... As far as our preparation, they've got a lot of good running backs. We're going to be faced with an excellent running back, regardless of whether he plays or not."

Could that excellent "running back" be Terrelle Pryor? The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May poses the possibility of Pryor playing more in Wells' absence, particularly in the pistol offense.

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