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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Buckeyes need to get creative now


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Jim Tressel might have seen this coming.

When asked about the health of running back Chris "Beanie" Wells during the last two weeks, the ever-cautious Tressel made sure to emphasize that Wells' response to practicing on the injured toe would ultimately determine his availability for USC. Even Tuesday, when he confirmed that Wells would play against the Trojans, Tressel said much would depend on how Wells felt after Wednesday's practice. Well, he practiced and didn't feel good today.

The extent of Wells' next-day soreness might have surprised his coaches, who listed him at 75 percent after Wednesday's workout. But they had to be planning for this outcome.

And that plan had better be creative. It needs to be better than the vanilla offense we saw last Saturday against Ohio U.

Implications of the Wells injury:

ESPN's Robert Smith offers his take on the Wells injury situation.