Tuesday, October 19, 2010

HOMAN, BRYANT WILL NOT PLAY SATURDAY AGAINST PURDUE

Ross Homan
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior linebacker Ross Homan will be out this week against Purdue — and perhaps beyond — Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said on Tuesday.

Homan, who suffered a foot injury in Saturday night's loss at Wisconsin, may not return until after the Buckeyes bye week in November.

"Ross Homan is going to be out," Tressel said. "He'll be out for a couple of weeks probably, but his thing will be fine."

Another Buckeyes defender, true freshman defensive back Christian Bryant, doesn't look as if he's going to see the field this weekend either. His absence however, isn't due to injury.

"A little bit concerned about Christian Bryant," Tressel said. "He had an infection last week and we thought we had it under control and he played a little bit in the game and then he had a not very good reaction to it on the plane ride back.

"He's been over at Ohio State Medical Center trying to get it under control and I don't know all the whys and the wherefores and whatnot, but it doesn't look like he'll be out of there until late this week. We just want to make sure that we get that calmed down, you never know with infections and whatnot, so obviously he won't have a week of practice."

Asked whether Bryant is suffering from a staph infection, Tressel insisted that is not the case.

"No, no, don't be starting to spread rumors," Tressel said. "I did not — strike that from the record. I did not say anything about that word. He has an infection. I don't know."

Tressel said Bryant will be in the hospital until at least Friday.

The No. 10 Buckeyes will host Purdue (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) this Saturday at noon. The Boilermakers upset Ohio State, 26-18, last season in West Lafayette.