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Ohio State OL Demetrius Knox out several months

The guard will be sidelined for awhile with a broken foot.

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Ohio State lost an offensive lineman for the foreseeable future after redshirt sophomore guard Demetrius Knox broke his foot in practice this week. Knox underwent surgery on Friday and a spokesman for OSU confirmed he is expected to miss eight weeks due to recovery.

This is the second time the guard broke his foot, the first being in February 2015, which resulted in him missing all of spring practice. Knox has earned playing time this season on both special teams and on the line — though mostly late in games against Bowling Green and Tulsa.

The 6’4, 308-pound guard out of Fort Worth, Texas was listed as the backup to Billy Price at right guard ahead of his injury, despite competing for a starting role with Michael Jordan and Matthew Burrell. Knox’s injury marks the second blow to the offensive line this season, following transfer Malcolm Pridgeon’s knee injury in August, that could keep him out until mid-to-late November.