Wells carted off field with leg injury

Updated: August 30, 2008, 4:21 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Heisman Trophy contender Chris "Beanie" Wells injured his right foot and the Ohio State tailback was carted off the field during the third quarter of the second-ranked Buckeyes' game against Youngstown State on Saturday.

X-rays were negative, but Wells status remained unknown as he visited doctors an hour after the second-ranked Buckeyes' 43-0 victory.

"I may have rolled it or planted wrong a play or two before," Wells said through Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Poe. "Something just didn't feel right. Then I think I felt a pop. But the X-rays are OK, so we'll see how it feels in a day or two."

Coach Jim Tressel declined to speculate on the severity of the injury or on Wells' availability for Ohio State's games next week against Ohio and in two weeks against No. 3 Southern California.

He did admit to getting a sick feeling in his stomach when Wells went down.

"You feel for anyone who goes down, especially when it looks like a leg injury," Tressel said. "First you think 'Oh, is it a knee?' Then, 'Is it an ankle?' From what I gather other than getting medical (people) into it, it's a foot thing. X-rays are negative. But absolutely your heart jumps."

On the play, Wells fell to the ground before he was even hit, fumbling the ball away on a first and goal at the Youngstown State 2. He writhed on the ground in pain while he was attended by several doctors and trainers, with his teammates standing around him watching. Tressel also ran onto the field.

"As I handed the ball back, he didn't even grab the ball," quarterback Todd Boeckman said. "I didn't know what to expect, didn't know what he did. He went down and he was in some serious pain."

Wells was helped off the field and then put on a motorized cart and taken to the locker room.

Wells returned to the field in the fourth quarter wearing a boot on his right ankle. An Associated Press reporter asked him if he was OK and he nodded his head.

He watched the end of the game while sitting on the bench with teammates and did not appear to be in pain.

Immediately after the game, Wells walked into the locker room from the bench area. He was almost dragging his right leg.

The junior had 111 yards on 13 carries, including a 43-yard touchdown burst as the Buckeyes rolled to a 26-0 lead at the time of his injury.

Boeckman said Ohio State's players were stunned as they watched Wells go down.

"When you see one of the best backs in the country laying there in pain, it's definitely something that you don't want to see," he said. "Beanie's a tough guy. I know we're all pulling for him. He's gone to the doctors and he'll do whatever he can to help this team out."

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