Ohio State running back Jordan Hall will be on the mend for at least the next 10 weeks as he recovers from surgery on his right foot to repair damage done while taking a barefoot stroll in the grass earlier this week.
An Ohio State spokesman said the accident occurred Wednesday in a grassy area outside Hall's residence in Columbus. The surgery was done in the OSU Medical Center on Friday.
"This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man," OSU coach Urban Meyer said in a statement released by the school. "He’s handling things well, though.
"He’ll be in a non-weight bearing cast for about six weeks and then he’ll rehabilitate the injury for at least four weeks after that."
Hall, a senior from Jeannette, Pa., had been expected to be an all-purpose back in the new spread offense installed by Meyer and his staff. Whether Hall can assume that role after he returns remains to be seen.
The Buckeyes open fall camp the first full week of August, with the first game set Sept. 1 against Miami of Ohio. Based on the rehab calendar referred to by Meyer, Hall likely wouldn't be available until at least game three vs. California in Ohio Stadium.
In the depth chart issued by Meyer after spring drills, Hall was listed No.1 at running back followed by Carlos Hyde. Hall had been projected as the starter at running back, ahead of junior Carlos Hyde, with sophomore Rod Smith and freshman Bri'onte Dunn right behind. Incoming freshman Warren Ball might now gain a more serious look in preseason, too.
But the coaches had wide-ranging plans for Hall headed toward preseason camp due to his versatility. He has racked up 2,513 all-purpose yards, 26th all-time in school history, in his first three years, including 817 rushing and 202 yards receiving on 21 catches.