COLUMBUS, Ohio — As expected Ohio State football will play Rutgers today without star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
The junior was one of 14 players listed as unavailable on the Buckeyes’ pregame status report. Smith-Njigba played two of the first three games but suffered a setback with his hamstring injury after OSU’s win over Toledo. He was not active against Wisconsin last week and coach Ryan Day described him as “day to day.”
Starting cornerback Cam Brown and backup Jordan Hancock are again unavailable, as is backup safety Cam Martinez — a new addition to the report. However, starting cornerback Denzel Burke and reserve safety Lathan Ransom do not appear on the report. Day said during the week both were on track to play Saturday after not playing against Wisconsin.
The only other notable new additions are backup defensive end Tyler Friday and reserve linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV, who has twice been named OSU’s special teams player of the week.
OHIO STATE STATUS REPORT VS. RUTGERS
DE Omari Abor
WR Kamryn Babb
CB Cam Brown
S Jantzen Dunn
DE Tyler Friday
LB Palaie Gaoteote IV
CB Jordan Hancock
S Cam Martinez
CB Lloyd McFarquhar
LB Teradja Mitchell
TE Jor Royer
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Already known to be out long-term
RB Evan Pryor
LB Mitchell Melton
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