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Breaking: Ohio State Player Missing Tonight's Game After Positive Test

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be without a veteran player at Penn State on Saturday evening, according to a new report.

Lettermen Row is reporting that Ohio State sixth-year linebacker Justin Hilliard will miss tonight's game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.

Hilliard reportedly had a positive test for COVID-19. However, according to the report, the test is believed to be a false positive.

From the report:

The Buckeyes don’t reveal any specifics about its COVID-19 results or injuries, but multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to Lettermen Row that Justin Hilliard had a rapid-response test come up positive after arriving at Penn State during its first road trip of the season. The senior was then given a second test, which was negative.

Hilliard still won’t be allowed to suit up for the Buckeyes against the Nittany Lions, but the suspected false positive will allow him to be on the sideline with his teammates and also means there are no concerns about him continuing to travel with the program. The Buckeyes have been meticulous about their protocols to try to avoid any of the outbreaks that have already popped up around the Big Ten after just one week of games, notably forcing a cancellation of the Wisconsin game scheduled today against Nebraska.

Big Ten protocol requires players who test positive to be sidelined for 21 days, though it's unclear how they'll handle false positives.

If Hilliard's positive test is a false one, and he's allowed to be on the sideline tonight, you would think that he won't miss any more games.

Ohio State and Penn State are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. tonight.

The game will be on ABC.