Ohio State sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, the projected successor to Carlos Hyde at running back, underwent surgery on his wrist Saturday morning, but the injury is not expected to keep him off the field for long.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Elliott suffered a small fracture in his left wrist during practice Friday. Elliott “had a pin inserted” into his injured wrist Saturday morning and is expected to return to practice at some point next week.
The program later confirmed the news in a statement:
Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist this morning at the OSU Medical Center East for a minor injury incurred at practice on Friday. Elliott, from St. Louis, Mo., and Burroughs High School, rejoined the team in time for lunch today. He will continue to attend practice and work on conditioning with a full return to the fields expected around the middle of next week.
Elliott appeared in 11 games for the Buckeyes in 2013, carrying the ball 30 times for 262 yards at a clip of 8.7 yards per carry. He scored two touchdowns on the ground and also caught three passes for 23 yards and another touchdown.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott was a Rivals four-star prospect in the 2013 class. He was rated as the No. 84 overall player in the country and the top player in the state of Missouri.
In addition to Elliott, senior Rod Smith and redshirt sophomore Bri’onte Dunn are also expected to see touches at running back for the Buckeyes in 2014. Smith, a 6-foot-3, 231-pound fifth-year senior, has appeared in 32 games in his OSU career, gaining 448 yards and scoring four touchdowns on 83 total carries. Dunn redshirted in 2013 after running for 133 yards and two scores as a true freshman in 2012.
The Buckeyes’ season kicks off against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on August 30.
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