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Ohio State will likely be without cornerback Bradley Roby in the Orange Bowl

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Ohio State already faced a tough task in defending Tajh Boyd and Clemson’s high-powered offense, and now it is likely the Buckeyes will be without its top defensive back in Friday night’s Orange Bowl.

Urban Meyer told reporters Wednesday that All-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby is not expected to play due to a bone bruise in his knee that he suffered during the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7.

“I don’t think Roby is going to make it,” Meyer said. “I thought he would (heal in time), but it just didn’t accelerate the way we hoped.

His loss should have a huge impact on the game. Roby was expected to cover Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins who caught 85 passes for 1,237 yards and 10 TDs this year.

Roby has already said that he will enter the 2014 NFL draft, so his Ohio State career is likely over.

Sophomore Armani Reeves is expected to start in his place, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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