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Ohio State DE Jonathon Cooper Listed As Out For Season Opener

Jonathon Cooper of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes the passer.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - OCTOBER 20: Jonathon Cooper #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 20, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

We're less than 24 hours away from Ohio State's season opener against Florida Atlantic. Ryan Day named a few players that are unavailable for tomorrow, which includes Jonathon Cooper.

As many would expect, the Buckeyes are heavily favored to defeat the Owls on Saturday. Nonetheless, the absence of Cooper will be something to monitor as the weeks go on.

Cooper is the starting defensive end opposite of Chase Young. Last season, he had 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Buckeyes.

The reason Cooper is inactive for the season opener is because of a high-ankle sprain. He had a minor medical procedure during training camp in an effort to fix the issue.

Since Ohio State won't have Cooper on Saturday, Jashon Cornell and Zach Harrison are listed as the co-starters on the Week 1 depth chart.

Other players unavailable for the season opener includes Rashod Berry, C.J. Saunders and Taron Vincent.

This is a tough way for Cooper to begin his senior campaign in Columbus, but all signs point to this injury resulting in a short-term absence.

Ohio State is going to need Cooper on the field when conference play starts in the Big Ten. As for his status for Week 2, the coaching staff should have an update within the next few days.