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Ohio State football lineup rearranged due to injuries

Andrew Holleran / Photo editor

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State football has been stung by the injury bug. 

Prior to the kickoff of the Buckeyes’ Saturday game at Indiana, OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig announced that freshmen defensive backs Najee Murray and Armani Reeves, along with redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams, would not be available for the contest.

Murray had season-ending knee surgery after tearing his ACL during practice last week while Reeves, who sustained a sprained ankle during practice, will continue to be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, Emig said.

Emig said that Williams would also miss the Indiana game due to a concussion and did not travel for the game. Emig said that he did not know the exact play on which the player sustained the injury.

While Reeves did travel to Bloomington with OSU for the game against the Hoosiers, Williams and Murray did not make the trip for the Buckeyes.

By Monday, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino already had surgery on a broken right fibula, an injury he sustained during the 63-38 win against the Cornhuskers. First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said during his Monday press conference that Sabino will miss at least three weeks. 

During Saturday’s game against the Hoosiers, sophomore defensive end Steve Miller started in place for Williams. Senior fullback Zach Boren also filled in at linebacker early in the game for OSU. 

OSU’s defense allowed 481 yards but still managed to hang on for a 52-49 win to improve to 7-0 on the season. 

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