The Buckeyes will be short-handed at wide receiver and in their Big Ten opener.
Star wide Jackson Smith-Njigba and cornerback Cameron Brown were both ruled out at 7:30 on Saturday. matchup with WisconsinAs many as 10 total Ohio State players are unavailable with the Badgers.
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A hamstring injury suffered against Notre Dame limited Smith-Njigba to just 15 snaps in the season opener, and the junior didn’t play at all when Ohio State faced Arkansas State in Week 2. Smith-Njigba returned against Toledo but caught just two passes and played nothing in the second half.
Ryan Day was hopeful that Smith-Njigba would wrestle with the Badgers this week, but Ohio State’s 2021 receiver leader disagrees.
Brown, who started each of the first three games of the season for Ohio State, played just 17 times against Toledo before heading to the locker room with an injury in the first half. The Buckeyes will also be without second-year cornerback Jordan Hancock, who called it “huge” to enter the defense this season after suffering a preseason injury. The downside is that only four scholarship cornerbacks are coming out of Ohio State: Denzel Burke, JK Johnson, Jair Brown and Ryan Turner.
On the bright side for the Buckeyes, several players who didn’t play last week or were out with injuries appear to be available against Wisconsin. That list includes starting quarterbacks Josh Proctor, Tanner McCalister and Mike Hall Jr. Also, starting running back Treveon Henderson left the Toledo game in a walking boot after suffering an injury on Ohio State’s opening drive.
Kamryn Babb, Teradja Mitchell and Joe Royer will all join Smith-Njigba, Brown and Hancock among the 10 Buckeyes absent. Ohio State did not list any players as game-time decisions prior to its first conference tournament.