Georgia's Darnell Washington, Ohio State's Cade Stover exit CFP semifinals with injuries

Injuries sent starting tight ends for Georgia and Ohio State to their respective locker rooms during the first half of the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Georgia's Darnell Washington suffered an ankle injury and Ohio State's Cade Stover appeared to suffer a lower back injury.

Washington returned to the sideline in the second half of Georgia's 42-41 victory using crutches and wearing a walking boot.

Stover was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons to look into back spasms. His mother and father were with him. A source told ESPN's Pete Thamel on Sunday that an MRI revealed Stover had back spasms.

Georgia leans heavily on both Washington and All-American Brock Bowers at the position. The Bulldogs use two-tight-end sets 59% of the time, third most in the FBS.

Washington, who is 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, figures prominently in the Georgia offense as both a pass-catcher and a blocking tight end. After his injury Saturday, he was replaced on the next series by true freshman Oscar Delp.

Washington has 26 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Stover has 35 catches for 399 yards and five touchdowns.