Ohio State health watch: Adams to start at LT

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State isn't one of the three Big Ten teams to issue official injury reports each week, but head coach Jim Tressel's always provides health updates at his weekly Thursday media briefing. Today's session was no exception, as Tressel addressed the status of several players heading into Saturday's game against Wisconsin (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

  • Offensive tackle Andrew Miller will miss his second consecutive game because of the flu. Sophomore Mike Adams will get the start at left tackle against the Badgers. There was some talk earlier in the week that Adams also had been affected by the flu, but Tressel on Thursday called it a false alarm. The hope is Miller will return to practice by Tuesday.

  • Other players who missed Wednesday's practice with the flu included starting left guard Justin Boren, starting tight end Jake Ballard and reserve safety Nate Oliver.

  • Running back Dan Herron is close to 100 percent after missing last week's game with an ankle injury. Expect Brandon Saine to make his second straight, but Herron should see time as well.

  • Guard Jim Cordle is making good progress with his ankle injury and participated in part of Wednesday's practice, which surprised Tressel. "I don't think we would put him in the game," Tressel said, "but he may be back a week earlier than we thought, which would be tremendous for us."