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Former Ohio State 5-Star Recruit Justin Hilliard "Out Indefinitely" With Injury

Ohio State's players walking onto the field.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The 2019 college football season still sits a few months away. With months to prepare for the upcoming season, college programs are working their way through spring practice.

Unfortunately, injuries during spring ball are common. The injury bug bit Ohio State after wide receiver Kamryn Babb went down with a knee injury.

The bad news continued for the Buckeyes as veteran linebacker Justin Hilliard went down with an Achilles injury.

According to a report from Lettermen Row, Hilliard is out indefinitely after an Achillies injury he suffered last week.

Here's more from the report:

The former five-star linebacker who has previously dealt with separate biceps issues that kept him from tapping into his high-end potential is again going to be on the shelf with the Buckeyes after suffering an Achilles injury last week in spring practice.

The report goes on to suggest Hilliard could target a return in the middle of the season.

It's heartbreaking news for one of the team's most-beloved players. After signing with the team as a high-profile, 5-star recruit, injuries have derailed Hilliard's career.

He finished the 2018 season with 20 tackles and a tackle for loss, while most of his work came on special teams.

Stay tuned for an update from the team.