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Etienne Sabino injury: Ohio State LB will start vs. Wisconsin

Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino will return to the starting lineup against Wisconsin on Saturday.

Kirk Irwin

Ohio State Buckeyes senior linebacker Etienne Sabino will return to the starting lineup against Wisconsin after missing four games with a broken fibula. Saturday will mark the first time this season that Ohio State will have their "ideal" group of starting linebackers together.

Sabino will start on the outside opposite Ryan Shazier with Zach Boren in the middle. Coach Urban Meyer said the linebackers had a good week of practice and "having Sabino back gives you a sense of stability that we haven't had there in a while."

Meyer would not say what percentage Sabino was at, but defensive end John Simon said, "he looks great, you can't even tell he had an injury." Sabino and the rest of the linebackers will have to be great against Wisconsin. Last week the Badgers rushed for 564 yards against Indiana with the combination of Montee Ball and James White. As the Buckeyes face that rushing attack on Saturday it will mark the first time Sabino, Shazier, and Boren have ever played a game together.

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