Ohio State is without several starters on the offensive line this Saturday against Michigan State. If that wasn’t bad enough, Wyatt Davis just went down with an injury.
The Buckeyes announced that Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere would be inactive due to COVID-19. As a result, the coaching staff shuffled around its offensive line and started Dawand Jones, Matthew Jones and Max Wray.
Despite being shorthanded, Ohio State did an admirable job protecting Justin Fields throughout the game. That might not happen next weekend though if Davis is unable to play.
With the game seemingly out of reach, Davis suffered a lower-body injury late in the game. The training staff helped him off the field, as the All-American was unable to put much pressure on his leg.
Trainers helped Wyatt Davis off the field. He didn’t put much pressure on his left leg while walking toward the sideline. Ohio State’s offensive line has already been down three starters today.
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) December 5, 2020
Ohio State simply can’t afford an injury to Davis. In addition to being the team’s best offensive guard, he’s one of the only experienced players left right now because of the team’s COVID-19 issues.
Davis is considered by many scouts to be a first-round prospect in the upcoming class. He originally opted out of the 2020 season, but then returned once the Big Ten announced it would play this fall.
The chances of Davis returning in today’s game are slim to none. All that matters is that he’s healthy enough moving forward, as the Buckeyes continue their pursuit of perfection.