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Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow out after undergoing hand surgery

The QB competition just got a little lighter.

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State is down a quarterback before the 2017 season even kicks off. Sophomore QB Joe Burrow is out indefinitely after undergoing hand surgery on Tuesday. The young Buckeye broke a bone in his throwing hand on Monday during practice, but might be able to make it back to the field by midseason.

Burrow was in competition with Dwayne Haskins for the No. 2 spot on the roster, but this will solidify the job for Haskins. Both had performed really well during this year’s Spring Game and throughout training camp. Behind Haskins now will be incoming freshman Tate Martell.

This isn’t the first time Ohio State has been down a QB just before the season opener, but Burrow should have plenty of time to recover and then work his way back into the depth chart. The second-year player saw game time in five games in 2016, going 22-of-28 for 226 yards and two scores.

The Buckeyes kick-off their season in just over a week on the road in Indiana.