Earlier: The first drive of the game did not go well for Ohio State. Not only did they got three-and-out, but running back Trey Sermon was banged up.
Sermon, who rushed for 524 yards and three touchdowns in Ohio State’s last two wins over Northwestern and Clemson, left the field with an apparent left shoulder injury. He absorbed a big hit on the first play from scrimmage.
The ESPN cameras captured Sermon on his way back to the locker room, and it was a concerning sight for Buckeyes fans.
The Oklahoma transfer was clearly favoring his left shoulder.
Trey Sermon on his way to the locker room pic.twitter.com/jpEpDHLe58
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Master Teague, who was injured early in the Big Ten title game win over Northwestern and didn’t play against Clemson, is available tonight, which could help ease the potential loss of Sermon.
However, considering how well Sermon has played recently, it will be a massive blow if he can’ return to the game.
We’ll keep you posted on Sermon’s status. In the meantime, you can watch Ohio State-Alabama on ESPN.
Update: Sermon is headed to the hospital.
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Here’s hoping whatever he’s dealing with isn’t a serious injury.