Skip to main content

Ohio State Is Missing 14 Players Against Rutgers Today

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) runs up field during the Rose Bowl game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes on January 1, 2022 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ohio State will be playing shorthanded this afternoon in its Big Ten game against Rutgers. 

In total, 14 Buckeye players will miss today's contest, according to Griffin Strom of Eleven Warriors. Star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is one of those who will sit, as Smith-Njigba continues to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered in the season opener and reaggravated against Toledo.

Cornerback Cameron Brown and safety Cameron Martinez are also out, as are linebackers Teradja Mitchell and Palaie Gaoteote. Defensive end and New Jersey native Tyler Friday also won't play against his in-state school.

In some good news, the Buckeyes will have cornerback Denzel Burke back after he missed last weekend's game against Wisconsin.

Additionally, Ohio State shouldn't need to be at full strength to beat Rutgers. The Buckeyes have too much depth and talent for the Scarlet Knights to stay competitive.

OSU and RU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN.