Well, this isn’t the last thing that Buckeye fans want to hear, but it is definitely in the bottom layer of news that will make anyone happy. Jordan Hall, who is pretty much made to play in an Urban Meyer system, will be sidelined for 10 weeks with a foot injury.
In the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, the injury is a result of Hall stepping on something sharp in the grass outside of his house. Apparently, it was a big enough deal to require surgery on Friday. I’ve stepped on a few sharp things in my life because, well, that’s just the kind of thing that happens to me. I cannot even imagine stepping on something with such a force as to cause me to need surgery and be unable to do much for weeks on end.
Hall will need to be in a non-weight bearing cast for six weeks. He will need to rehab an additional four after that. Doing some quick math shows that the ten week mark is the 9/8 game vs Central Florida. OSU takes on Cal the following week on 9/15. But the biggest blow is no doubt the fact this means Hall will be out for all of camp, which begins the first week of August. This will take away some valuable time to become more comfortable in the new system.
Who will step up? Will Hall get the job back? Did anyone get the sharp thing or, at minimum, some protective footwear for the rest of the team?
The Buckeyes should be fine in the RB department, but this is definitely a bump in the road.