Earlier this afternoon the Ohio State Buckeyes learned the team was going to be shorthanded against the Oregon Ducks.
The Buckeyes announced 10 players wouldn’t be taking the field this Saturday against the Ducks. Three other players were listed as questionable for the game. On the list was safety Josh Proctor.
The veteran defensive back started for Ohio State in Week 1, but he left the game early due to a shoulder injury. Despite being banged up in that game, Proctor stepped on the field for today’s huge showdown.
Unfortunately, he appears to have suffered a significant injury. During the third quarter, Proctor ran up to stop Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown on a designed run play.
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but Proctor got caught up in the fray. He remained down on the field for several minutes before being carted off.
Ohio State’s Josh Proctor injured his leg and is being lifted on to a cart right now. Waves to the crowd as it drives off.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 11, 2021
It’s an unfortunate loss for the Ohio State defense, especially as the Buckeyes try to come back against Oregon. The Ducks added another touchdown after Proctor was forced to miss the game and took a 28-14 lead.
Ryan Day and company entered the game as 14.5-point favorites, but haven’t been able to live up to that billing just yet. Ohio State’s defense has had a difficult time stopping the run over its first two games this season.
Can the Buckeyes find an answer and come back?