Bradley Roby has charge reduced

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A charge against Ohio State star cornerback Bradley Roby has been reduced, perhaps clearing the way for the redshirt junior to avoid missing any game action after an off-field incident last month.

According to court records, a motion to amend the battery charge filed against Roby for a bar incident in Bloomington, Ind., was made on Friday, changing the Class A misdemeanor to a Class B offense for disorderly conduct.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has not announced any official discipline for the returning ESPN.com first-team All-American, but based on precedent, the starter and critical member of the nation's second-ranked team may not face any loss of playing time.

Before Meyer's first season with the program, Ohio State veterans Jack Mewhort and Jake Stoneburner both pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges for offseason arrests, and after losing their scholarships during the summer, neither missed a game due to suspension.

"Just still waiting to find out all the information," Meyer said of Roby earlier this month. "I can't tell you what [the timetable] is, because I'm just waiting to get the word what it is."

The discussion about Roby has now changed because of the lesser charges, although the Buckeyes have practiced at times this month as though they could be without the lockdown defender when the season opens against Buffalo on Aug. 31.

Roby has been taking second-team reps on defense during training camp, at least temporarily having his starting job taken away while an investigation into allegations that he struck a security guard at a bar on July 21 continued.

Roby is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Aug. 26.