Four suspended Buckeyes to return

Updated: September 6, 2011, 2:12 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Four Ohio State players who were suspended shortly before last week's opener against Akron for receiving impermissible benefits have been reinstated, coach Luke Fickell said Tuesday.

Starting running back Jordan Hall, starting cornerback Travis Howard and backup defensive back Corey Brown were suspended last Thursday after the Buckeyes discovered they had taken gifts worth less than $300 for appearing at a charity event earlier in the year.

Also, Jordan Whiting, who had been suspended last December for last week's opener for accepting cash and discounted tattoos from a local tattoo-parlor owner, will be available to play this weekend at Ohio Stadium.

Fickell said all four would be back for this week's home game against Toledo, though he said he didn't know if Hall and Howard would regain their starting jobs.

Four other key Buckeyes -- running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive lineman Soloman Thomas -- remain suspended for the first five games this season for their role in trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

Fickell also said that quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller would each play against Toledo and probably would get similar playing time as in Week 1. Bauserman started and played all but one series in the first half against Akron. Miller played much of the second half in the 42-0 win.

Brian Bennett covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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