Since Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields aggravated a sprained ligament in his left knee at Michigan last week, he went through practices ahead of the Big Ten championship game without a significant issue.


Coach Ryan Day praised Fields’ recovery at a news conference Friday before the team held a walk-through at Lucas Oil Stadium.


“He's been doing a great job, and the training staff's been doing a great job of getting him ready,” Day said. “He's had a good, strong week of practice.”


Fields plans to wear a bulkier brace over his left knee against Wisconsin on Saturday, limiting his mobility. He first fashioned it during last week’s game when he was sidelined for a part of a series and thought that it served as a precaution. He said it stabilized his knee.


Day expressed confidence in Fields’ status for the conference title game. The quarterback was not included on the team’s status report released earlier Friday, leaving little doubt regarding his availability for the rematch with the Badgers.


“We talk to the training staff, talk to our people, ask all those questions, what the risks are and what they aren’t,” Day said. “Everything we've heard back is he's 100 percent go and he's ready to roll. We go from there. If there was any question on that, we take precautions. But we feel great.”


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