Meyer updates several personnel issues

Kevin Noon, Publisher
Buckeye Grove

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes are looking to put some distance between themselves and last Saturday night's dud against Oklahoma. Now attention is turned to getting better and the Black Knights of Army West Point.

While the team is healthy as a whole there have been a couple of little nagging injuries that have kept some players out of key roles and off of the field.

Ohio State is stacked at running back but one guy in the room has not been mentioned much with Demario McCall dealing with an injury. He is getting a little closer to coming back and giving the Buckeyes yet another dimension on offense.

"(McCall is) not quite 100-percent, he is practicing," head coach Urban Meyer said.

Receiver Austin Mack took a hard bump during the Oklahoma game and was placed into the concussion protocol and did not re-enter the game on Saturday night. All signs are looking food for the talented wideout out of Fort Wayne (Ind.).

"He passed every test," Meyer added. "He is going to practice (Thursday)."

Running back Mike Weber had a grand total of three carries last week in the game and then left with a little bit of a limp. He has been trying to get back from a hamstring injury that just won't get away. Look for him to be closer to 100-percent than he has been all season long. Meyer knows that his running back is getting there just from the look he has seen out of Weber.

"Just practice and the further you get away from that injury… hamstrings are tough. But he is practicing pretty well. We will know more (Thursday)," Meyer said.

Quarterback Joe Burrow was throwing pre-game against Oklahoma but was not medically cleared for back-up duty. What's the prognosis now?

"Pretty good," Meyer said. "That is a good question, I think it is probable."

Which of course leads to the question of Dwayne Haskins, who is health and in the No. 2 spot. Where do things stand with him? Meyer has not deemed him game-ready yet but that could be coming soon.

"He is pretty close," Meyer said. "We would like to get him in a game because he has never taken a snap in a college football game. So, we will see."

One player that is not injured but not in the lineup is defensive tackle Michael Hill. He is suspended and Meyer would not offer any more details than that.

"Suspended for this game," Meyer said. "I will just tell you each week, he is suspended this week."

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