Saturday, February 6, 2010

PRYOR STILL FEELING THE PCL

Photo of Terrelle Pryor by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell/The Buckeye Times

COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who hasn't played a down since the Buckeyes' 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon on New Year's Day, is still feeling the pain from his partially torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his knee.

"We had three weeks of what's called discretionary time, and so our guys were in working out on their own," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "At the conclusion of that, (Pryor) still wasn't feeling 100 percent."

However, Tressel did state that Pryor — who won the Rose Bowl's Most Valuable Player award, while playing with the bad PCL — just needs more time to heal.

"He went in for a little further discussion with the doctors and so forth (following the voluntary workouts) and what I gathered that came out of that is it's just something that's going to heal up (on its own).

"It's nothing that has to be tended to surgically or anything like that. We began Monday the 25th with our workouts and he's been fine."

Of course, with the Buckeyes being major BCS title contenders and Pryor being an early frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, that tweaked ligament in the OSU quarterback's knee will be under more surveillance than an airport terminal, at least until he takes the practice field in the spring.