Ohio State isn't exactly flush with proven offensive weapons, and it likely will be without a good one when the season kicks off in September.
Senior running back Jordan Hall, the projected starter coming out of spring ball, will miss approximately 10 weeks after undergoing foot surgery Friday. The team said Hall accidentally cut his right foot while walking on Wednesday. He'll be in a cast for about six weeks with rehab to follow.
"This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man," Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "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."
If Hall takes 10 weeks to recover, he'd miss Ohio State's opener against Miami (Ohio) and most likely the next game against Central Florida. The Buckeyes host California in Week 3 and UAB in Week 4 before opening Big Ten play Oct. 1 at Michigan State.
Hall was one of the few Buckeyes' offensive skill players to draw praise from Meyer this spring, and he embraced the team's new spread offense. Meyer and others saw Hall as having a chance to fill the so-called "Percy position," named after former Florida star Percy Harvin, a hybrid running back-receiver role. Hall boasts good speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
A relatively soft nonconference schedule allows Ohio State to be patient with Hall. Foot injuries can be tricky, and the Buckeyes need Hall back at 100 percent with his speed. Hall has rushed for 817 yards and five touchdowns in his career and recorded 21 receptions for 202 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior Carlos Hyde moves into the No. 1 role in Hall's absence. Hyde rushed for 566 yards and six touchdowns in 2011, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Sophomore Rod Smith and freshman Bri'onte Dunn also are in the mix.