If Ohio State’s going to bounce back from their thumping at the hands of Wisconsin last Saturday, they’ll have to do so without a couple of key pieces to their defense.
Starting linebacker Ross Holman suffered a foot injury in the first half of the loss and will not play against Purdue this Saturday. Additionally, the senior could miss the following week’s game as well.
Jonathan Newsome is expected to take over for Homan in the starting lineup.
In addition to Homan, the Buckeyes will also be without nickel back Christian Bryant this weekend. Bryant is suffering from a bacterial infection (cellulitis) in his right foot and will be unavailable.
The freshman, who saw his on-field role increase substantially when Tyler Moeller suffered a season-ending injury, is being treated at the OSU Medical Center and could remain there until Thursday according to head coach Jim Tressel.