Ohio State's Hall undergoes surgery

Ohio State running back Jordan Hall is expected to be sidelined for the next 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his foot.

Hall, who has rushed for 817 yards and five touchdowns with 21 receptions for 202 yards and four scores in his career, apparently cut his foot on broken glass while walking barefoot in the grass and required surgery. The 2012 season begins in nine weeks, so it looks like Hall could miss the season opener at home against Miami (OH) unless he recovers quickly. This injury also is a tough blow because Hall will be sidelined for all of fall practice, and OSU will be continuing to break in a new offense. He'll remain in a cast for roughly six weeks before beginning his rehab.

The senior playmaker, who is expected to split time with Carlos Hyde as the primary ball-carriers in the team's backfield this fall, is a key part of this offense because of his shiftiness in the open field. He is a very good receiver, and he is expected to fill the Percy Harvin role in head coach Urban Meyer's offense — a multi-dimensional player who excels on screens and some misdirection plays.

The Buckeyes' Week 2 opponent is Central Florida before the competition increases when California comes to town. Barring any setback, Hall is projected to be back before the contest against the Golden Bears.

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