Fans watching Thursday night’s Big Ten showdown between No. 4 Ohio State and Minnesota were treated to a show early on.
After Ohio State took an early lead, the Gophers battled back and took a 14-10 halftime lead. Late in the third quarter, it looked like Minnesota was going to keep the game close until a devastating injury.
With just a few seconds left in the third quarter, star running back Mohamed Ibrahim appeared to suffer a devastating injury. Ibrahim attempted to break away from a tackle and regain his balance.
After shedding the tackle, he turned upfield but immediately fell to the ground. Replay appears to show Ibrahim suffering some sort of lower leg injury.
Those watching from home immediately knew something was wrong. Everyone watching the game knows Ibrahim might not be playing again this season.
"Will be OK in long run, but not this season," he tweeted. "Fairly classic. Season over and surgery."
Ibrahim has stayed in injury tent.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) September 3, 2021
— Tony Clements (@TonyClementsTC) September 3, 2021
Ibrahim was having a monster game too, this is terrible https://t.co/UzIgOjGIGY
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 3, 2021
It’s a devastating blow for the Minnesota offense and for Ibrahim himself. After a dominant 2020 season, he was off to a terrific start to the 2021 campaign as well.
He racked up over 160 yards and two touchdowns before he went down with the injury.
The senior running back was expected to be one of the first running backs selected in the 2022 NFL draft. If the injury is as severe as it appears, that could cause him to slip in the draft.
We’ll have more when his injury diagnosis becomes official.