Ezkiel Elliott fractured his left wrist back in August and was forced to have surgery. He didn’t miss much practice time, but throughout the Ohio State running back’s season, the sophomore has been wearing a cast on that wrist during games.
The injury hasn’t seemed to hurt him much, despite his inability to carry the ball with his left hand. Elliott has rushed for 1,632 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, including a 230-yard performance against Alabama’s stout run defense in the Sugar Bowl.
Elliott has said multiple times that he’ll likely have to have another surgery on that wrist following Ohio State’s season. Saturday morning, he confirmed it.
Ezekiel Elliott says he can’t carry the ball with his left hand, and we’ll have another surgery on his left wrist following the game.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 10, 2015
If this past season was Elliott at less than 100 percent – and it had to be, considering he’s been mostly unable to use his left arm during games – how great of a running back will he be next fall once he’s fully recovered?
Great enough to contend for the Heisman Trophy, probably.