Look for Jerome Baker to return this week against Illinois. Dante Booker’s status is less certain.

Both outside linebackers missed Saturday’s victory over Michigan State with what are believed to be concussions. Baker has recovered faster.

“Jerome Baker has been cleared and Dante is questionable,” Ohio State coach Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.

In their absence against the Spartans, Tuf Borland played middle linebacker with Chris Worley moving to the outside spot and Malik Harrison playing the other outside linebacker.

Borland led the team with 11 tackles and Harrison had six. Worley looked comfortable at outside linebacker, where he played until this year.

Meyer said he’s unsure how Ohio State will line up against Illinois on Saturday.

“The next two days will determine that,” Meyer said. “I like the fact we’re building depth. Second of all, those are very tough and consistent players and I see them both (Borland and Harrison) playing a lot.”