Urban Meyer said he wanted the game against Buffalo to go “clean.” It was far from clean injury-wise for the Buckeyes. We break down the injuries below:
- Senior Safety C.J. Barnett missed the game and was on the sideline wearing shorts. Barnett is nursing a sprained ankle and I would expect to see him play next week.
- Buckeye fans collectively held their breath when LB Ryan Shazier went down. It appeared Shazier had issues with cramping (not surprising given the heat at the stadium) and was carted into the locker room early for halftime. Shazier came back in the second half and played marvelously, leading the Buckeyes in tackles despite his absence. Shazier is fine.
- Corey “Philly” Brown came out of the game on the last drive of the first half. He knocked the wind out of himself diving for an attempted pass from Braxton Miller. Miller missed Brown on two potentially big plays. Brown is fine though and played the second half.
- Braxton Miller himself came out of the game twice. Once Miller stayed out for just one play. The second time, Miller stayed out of the game for several plays, Kenny Guiton hit Chris Fields for a TD, and then Miller finished the game. Miller is fine but he has to be careful, as he left several games last season as well.
- Lastly, Center Corey Linsley played 20 snaps and was then held out of the game. Linsley is recovering from foot surgery and this was the plan from the beginning. Sophomore Jacoby Boren, Zach Boren’s younger brother, played fantastically filling in for Linsley.
To sum up, the Buckeyes had some scares, but everyone appears ok heading into next week. It is alarming though that five of the eight Buckeye captains missed time during the game.