Buckeyes RB depth will be tested Saturday

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

If Ohio State ever needed a huge performance from Brandon Saine, Saturday's game at Purdue would be the ideal time.

Running backs Dan Herron (ankle) and Jaamal Berry (hamstring) both will stay back in Columbus this weekend, while backup Jordan Hall missed practices Monday and Tuesday with the flu. Though head coach Jim Tressel doesn't sound concerned about Hall, the freshman might not be 100 percent Saturday (Big Ten Network, noon ET). Jermil Martin could play a bigger role as a reserve for the Buckeyes.

No matter what, Saine needs a good outing against a Purdue defense that ranks 10th in the league against the run (167.3 ypg).

Other items:

  • Tressel said Thursday that tackle Jim Cordle will be back for the game and spell Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts, though Andrew Miller won't be used much, if at all, after losing 18 pounds during a battle with the flu.

  • Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore likely will miss the rest of the month with a sprained knee.