It’s bad enough for Ohio State that one of its leading sackers will miss Friday night’s expected offensive shootout because of a suspension. Now, an already-suspect pass defense will likely be without its top cover corner as well.
Following practice Wednesday, head coach Urban Meyer was decidedly pessimistic when it came to the availability of Bradley Roby for the Orange Bowl matchup vs. Clemson. The cornerback suffered a bone bruise in his knee during the course of the loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.
“I don’t think Roby is going to make it,” Meyer said.
Roby has been a first-team All-Big Ten performer each of the past two seasons. The missed postseason game will bookend a season that began with Roby sidelined thanks to a suspension following an offseason arrest.
In late November, the junior announced he was leaving the Buckeyes early and making himself available for the 2014 NFL draft.
Also Wednesday, OSU confirmed that defensive lineman Noah Spence has been suspended for three games, including the Orange Bowl. While the release announcing the punitive measure stated only that Spence had violated a “Big Ten Conference Rule,” it was subsequently reported that the sophomore had used an unapproved dietary supplement.