PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones suffered a cut on a leg in the locker room last week, something coach Urban Meyer said was “awful” at first, and he did not make the trip for a 56-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday night.

“Freak injury, awful,” Meyer said. “I can’t remember the day it was, but we have a good practice, hot day, we’re in there watching film and I get a text message: ‘Dre’Mont cut his leg on a locker.’

“And I go in there and it’s ridiculous,” Meyer said, holding up his hands to signify a footlong slash. “So he’ll probably be out this week, too (against Maryland). We’ll know more when we get back. He’s going to be fine. But it was bad, almost could be a nerve injury, but it’s not.”

Safety Erick Smith, who has been seeing ample playing time of late, was left at home for another reason.

“He wasn’t ready to make this trip,” Meyer said.

Whether he will be available for Maryland will depend on if he is ready, Meyer said, adding the problem “is between me and him.” He did not elaborate.

Running back Antonio Williams did not make the trip because of an unspecified ailment, but Meyer said he will be ready to go starting Sunday.

Middle linebacker and co-captain Chris Worley, who sat out the UNLV game a week earlier after suffering a foot sprain against Army, made the trip but did not play. He was held out as a precaution, Meyer said.

Tuf Borland got his second straight start and freshman Baron Browning played extensively.

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