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Ohio State LB Trey Johnson's career likely over, per report

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The one time highly touted linebacker's Ohio State career sounds like it's done.

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According to an interview with his hometown paper, Ohio State sophomore linebacker Trey Johnson's playing career is likely over.

"They told me I have arthritis in my knee," Johnson told the Gwinnett Daily Post . "On a scale of one to five they said I'm a three now. It wasn't that I couldn't play. It was more of a future thing. If I was going to keep playing, it would get worse and by the time I'm 30 I would have trouble walking and doing basic things. They didn't say I had to hang it up, but it was the best for my future. So I was kind of forced to hang up the cleats."

Johnson entered Ohio State in 2013 as a highly touted linebacker prospect. He saw playing time as a true freshman, and although he wasn't an impact player right out the gates, showed plenty of promise and was expected to compete for a potential starting spot coming into this season.

If Johnson is medically disqualified as sounds like will be the case, the Buckeyes would have a tiny bit more leeway in approaching future recruiting classes and securing the sort of talent to sustain the run the Bucks have been on this season.

All the best to Johnson as he moves forward in his life after football.

(H/T: Ryan Ginn)