Big Ten: Rory Nichol

Ohio State injury update

October, 14, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State starting defensive end Lawrence Wilson will miss Saturday's game at No. 20 Michigan State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET) after sustaining a knee injury against Purdue. Wilson, who has 18 tackles and a sack this season, anchors a Buckeyes defensive line that will face a major test in Michigan State running back Javon Ringer. Junior Rob Rose likely will start in his place.

Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said reserve wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion), tight end Rory Nicol and linebacker Austin Spitler will return Saturday. Tressel won't know the status of reserve running back Dan "Boom" Herron until after Wednesday's practice. Herron sustained a concussion Oct. 4 at Wisconsin and missed the Purdue game.

"His was a little bit more significant of a concussion than Dane," Tressel said.

Some quick injury updates

September, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Better late than never:

  • Iowa starting running back Shonn Greene is expected to be fine for Saturday's game at Michigan State (ESPN2, noon ET). Greene left last week's game against Northwestern with a head injury after taking a big hit from safety Brad Phillips. He was replaced by freshman Jewel Hampton, who coach Kirk Ferentz wants to keep developing. Backup Paki O'Meara will miss the Michigan State game with a knee injury. 
  • Ohio State left guard Steve Rehring should return against Wisconsin and share time with Jim Cordle. Freshman Michael Brewster will remain the starting center. Tight end Rory Nichol and linebacker Austin Spitler will miss the Wisconsin game, but sophomore linebacker Tyler Moeller is expected back. 
  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno isn't sure whether senior wide receiver Jordan Norwood (hamstring) will be ready for Saturday's trip to Purdue (ESPN, noon ET). "Well, I think he's going to be okay," Paterno said. "Don't hold me to that. ... We will work hard today, and I don't know if we can get Jordan involved in some things." Tight end Mickey Shuler (ankle) will play against the Boilers. 
  • Indiana coach Bill Lynch won't know the status of injured safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk until later in the week. Both players sat out last Saturday's game against Michigan State. "They're moving around better than they were a week ago," Lynch said.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State's Week 1 depth chart came out today (scroll to Page 10) and heralded freshman Terrelle Pryor is listed as the third-string quarterback behind senior Todd Boeckman and redshirt freshman Joe Bauserman. Pryor's passing progress impressed coach Jim Tressel throughout the preseason, but Bauserman retained the backup spot behind Boeckman. You'd still have to think Ohio State will make a strong effort to get Pryor in the game Saturday against Youngstown State.

Tressel doesn't address the media until Tuesday, but here are some more depth chart notes:

  • Sophomore Brandon Saine isn't listed on the depth chart at running back, possibly the result of a hamstring injury he battled throughout the preseason. Saine is listed as a starting kickoff returner with Dan "Boom" Herron, but Herron and Maurice Wells are slotted behind starting running back Beanie Wells on the chart. The Buckeyes won't waste a talent like Saine, who has top-end speed and can be a weapon as a receiver, but they would be wise to wait until he's fully healthy.
  • Fifth-year senior Nader Abdallah is listed as the team's starting nose tackle ahead of Doug Worthington, a returning starter who was arrested last month and charged with driving while intoxicated. It wouldn't surprise me if Worthington doesn't play in the opener.
  • Sophomore cornerback Chimdi Chekwa will start the opener and likely the second game against Ohio as starter Donald Washington serves a two-game suspension.
  • Heralded freshmen offensive linemen Mike Adams, Mike Brewster and J.B. Shugarts are listed as third-teamers at left tackle, center and right tackle, respectively.
  • Fifth-year senior Brandon Smith will start at fullback and be backed up by Ryan Lukens.
  • Tight end is the only spot with two potential starters -- senior Rory Nichol or junior Jake Ballard.

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