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Ohio State to be without DE Nathan Williams against Indiana

In a bit of a surprise, John Simon's partner in crime at defensive end will sit out Saturday night's game in Bloomington.

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For as good as the Ohio State defensive line looked in a night game a week prior against Nebraska, they'll have one more compounding variable to deal with as they attempt to recreate the scene of the crime.

Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch was the first to report that Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams will miss Saturday night's game against the Indiana Hoosiers:

Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams won't be in the lineup because of a medical concern when the No.8 Buckeyes play at Indiana, sources told The Dispatch this morning.

It could not be confirmed immediately with team officials, though apparently Williams did not make the trip to Indianapolis, where the Buckeyes stayed last night with the intention of bussing late this afternoon to Bloomington, the site of the game.

Unclear was just what the senior's ailment is. He underwent micro-fracture a year ago to repair his right knee, soreness in which has sidelined him in practice from time to time this season and from a previous game.

Hopefully this isn't redux of the same knee injury that cause Nathan Williams to miss time earlier this season.

J.T. Moore is listed as Williams' backup on the depth chart, but previously in Williams' absence the Buckeyes have gotten creative and even slid defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to end in an effort to incorporate talented youngsters like Adolphus Washington and the still recovering in his own right Michael Bennett.