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Jordan Hall Injury: Ohio State RB Will Play Saturday

Ohio State running back Jordan Hall was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and will play against Cal on Saturday

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Jordan Hall Injury: Ohio State RB Will Play Against Cal, According To Report

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall will play on Saturday against the California Golden Bears, coach Urban Meyer confirmed on Wednesday, but it is unknown how much action he will see.

A gash on Hall's foot that required surgery caused him to miss the team's first two games, but he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. If Hall continues to practice without soreness he could very well be the starter on Saturday. Running back Carlos Hyde is out Saturday with a MCL sprain, leaving Hall to man the backfield with freshman Bri'onte Dunn and sophomore Rod Smith. Meyer has said that he won't name the starting tailback until Saturday.

Senior defensive end Nathan Williams also practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play on Saturday after missing last week's game against Central Florida with soreness in his knee. The Buckeyes take on the Golden Bears in Columbus with kickoff scheduled for noon ET.

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Jordan Hall Injury: Ohio State RB Cleared To Play, Bri'onte Dunn Listed As Starter

Ohio State running back Jordan Hall has been cleared to resume football activities, but whether or not he'll play Saturday is still up in the air.

Hall missed the first two games of the season after a severe cut to his foot required surgery. While he has been cleared to play, he's not listed on the depth chart. Head coach Urban Meyer said Hall practiced a bit over the weekend and they were going to see how he ran at Monday's practice, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Running back Carlos Hyde is also out for Saturday with an MCL sprain. That leaves true freshman Bri'onte Dunn as the starter on the depth chart, with sophomore Rod Smith behind him. The hope is one of the backs steps up so quarterback Braxton Miller doesn't have to run as much, running backs coach Stan Drayton told The Morning Journal.

"The answer is, one of those guys has got to pick their game up," Drayton said. "They'll have to. We can't go into this ball game with the thought process of not having a running back. The amount they play will determine how much they will play."

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Carlos Hyde Emerging As Primary Running Back To Start Ohio State's Season

Urban Meyer appears to have found his starting tailback in Carlos Hyde, even if Meyer doesn't sound too confident in the junior.

With Jordan Hall still recovering from a foot injury, the powerful Hyde likely will be in the starting role to open the season against Miami (Ohio). From the AP (via the Washington Post):

"I think Carlos Hyde is (the) guy," Meyer said of the 235-pound junior. "He had a Wednesday practice in the spring where he was a legitimate tailback. Unfortunately he didn't have a Monday, Friday, Saturday to follow up the Wednesday practice. (But) he's really solid."

Hyde rushed 106 times for 566 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore last year, but his production tailed off when Dan Herron returned from suspension. His 5.3 yards per carry was tops on the team, and his six touchdowns led the running backs.

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Jordan Hall Injury: Urban Meyer Addresses Injury, How Ohio State Will Adjust

On Thursday, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was co-hosting a free football tournament at the SPIRE institue near his hometown and had the chance to answer some questions regarding the upcoming season as well as the impact of the foot injury to running back Jordan Hall.

Hall is expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks following surgery on his foot after he stepped on a piece of glass.

Via Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com:

"He'll be back," Meyer said.

Meyer explained the injury and the situation like this: "He stepped on a piece of glass and got 10 or so stitches. A day later he said he was having issues with his toe, he couldn't move it. I was hearing this over the phone and (thinking), You've got to be kidding me.' Then he had surgery for a torn tendon."

Hall was expected to be used in a similar fashion as to how Meyer used Percy Harvin while he was at Florida. When asked how Hall's absence would affect the philosophy as well as other players ability to earn more responsibility, Meyer simply said that he was working on it.

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Jordan Hall Injury: Ohio State RB Out 10 Weeks After Foot Surgery

The Buckeyes running back could miss the season's first two games after cutting his foot.

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