COLUMBUS — Ohio State starting tailback Jordan Hall suffered a cut on the bottom of his right foot late last week, which according to the university, will sideline the senior for about 10 weeks.
Hall, who is listed as a starter on the Buckeyes' initial depth chart released in late spring, had surgery on his foot on Friday in Columbus.
"This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement issued by the university. "He's handling things well, though. He'll be in a non-weight bearing cast for about six weeks and then he'll rehabilitate the injury for at least four weeks after that."
Hall suffered the injury while walking on the grass outside his home in Columbus. If his rehabilitation stays on course, Hall could be available for the Buckeyes' Sept. 15 home tilt against California.
Hall, who led Ohio State last season in all purpose yards (1,275), is one of the few players Meyer has tabbed as being a "play-maker" during OSU spring camp. Hall's quickness and experience is supposed to be an integral part of Meyer's new spread attack, as well as an ultimate compliment to athletic starting quarterback Braxton Miller.
Hall's injury will open the door for junior tailback Carlos Hyde, who was third on the team in rushing last season with 566 yards and six touchdowns. Hyde shined when given a chance in 2011, most notably in the game at Nebraska where he rushed for 104 yards (8.0 avg.) and two touchdowns.
Hyde, a 6-foot, 235-pound native of Florida, was one of the more impressive players overall in Meyer's first camp back in the spring.
"He's drinking the Kool-Aid right now," Meyer said of Hyde in the spring.
Sophomore Rod Smith and true freshman Bri'onte Dunn should also see an increase in reps during Hall's absence.