On Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer ruled defensive end Nick Bosa out of Saturday’s game against Tulane because of an abdominal/groin injury sustained against TCU.
Meyer did not have much of an update about Bosa’s status during the Big Ten coaches teleconference, on which Meyer participated for the first time this season.
“We’ll know midweek here,” Meyer said. “Further tests are being done now.”
Bosa had lived up to his status as a preseason All-American this season. His strip-sack of TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson resulted in Ohio State’s first touchdown in the Buckeyes’ victory.
Bosa leads the team in tackles with 14, an unusual feat for a defensive end. He has six tackles for loss, including four sacks, as well as a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He left the TCU game early in the third quarter and returned to the bench in street clothes.
“He’s one of the best players I’ve been around and one of the better persons,” Meyer said. “Just an elite player.”
Meyer added that defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable for this week’s game with an unspecified injury.
Among other issues Meyer addressed on the teleconference:
* Freshman Brian Snead will practice on Tuesday. The running back did not make the trip for the TCU game for what Meyer described as disciplinary reasons.
* Meyer said he was mostly pleased with the play of Ohio State’s linebackers the first three games, despite some notable breakdowns.
“Malik Harrison has been playing great,” Meyer said. “The other guys are getting better. (Defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano is very pleased with the progress. They have to get better with experience.”
* Meyer said Ryan Day will remain on the field during games. Kevin Wilson will stay in the press box. Meyer said he would be more of a “game manager” in light of the success the offense had with Day as acting head coach and Wilson as offensive coordinator.
* The Buckeyes have rotated kick returners the first three weeks. Meyer said that would continue.
“We’ve just decided that until someone takes it, it’s open competition,” Meyer said.