It’s Tuesday, aka the worst day of the week. Reality sets in as we have realize we must wait two full days until football is on our televisions once again. What are we meant to do tonight? Watch Netflix? (If you do, might I suggest “American Murder: The Family Next Door?” because wow) Read a book? Go to bed at a decent hour? Ugh.
I suppose our only saving grace until Thursday is, well, yours truly, along with the other highly regarded members of sports media. Because what better way to get through these next two football-less days than to recount the times when there was football being played? Lucky for us at LGHL, there’s almost always something to report on Tuesday mornings after the weekend’s slate of NFL games have ceased. Buckeyes across the league continue to make headlines, and we’ve gathered all the highlights for you in our newest series, Buckeye Clips. But before we get into that, let’s get the bad stuff out of the way.
After Nick Bosa, Malik Hooker, Parris Campbell and Dre’Mont Jones all suffered significant injuries two weeks ago, the list of injured Buckeyes continues to grow. Five former Ohio State players were inactive for their first games this season on Sunday, including three members of the Buckeyes’ rookie class.
Chase Young missed Washington’s loss to Baltimore on Sunday due to a groin injury he suffered in Week 3. The injury is not believed to be serious, but it’s unknown when he will return to play.
Los Angeles Rams rookie Jordan Fuller missed his team’s win over the New York Giants on Sunday with a shoulder injury he also suffered in Week 3. He is expected to return next week.
Las Vegas Raiders CB Damon Arnette underwent thumb surgery last week after falling awkwardly on it the weekend before. Per Ian Rapoport, the rookie is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Marshon Lattimore missed the Saints’ game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday with a hamstring injury, joining Michael Thomas on the sidelines. Thomas is expected to return to the field in Week 5 after missing the last three games due to a high ankle sprain.
A shoulder injury kept Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde sidelined on Sunday.
Additionally, Gareon Conley (who had ankle surgery during the offseason) and Pat Elflein (thumb) are currently on their teams’ injured reserve lists.
Eli Apple was reactivated by the Carolina Panthers last week after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury. However, he only made a brief appearance on special teams on Sunday before suffering a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
And that’s that on the importance of in-person OTAs.
Now, here are some of the awesome things former Ohio State players did over the weekend.
With Young, Fuller and Arnette on the sidelines, there’s not a whole lot to report in this section. However, former Ohio State football player (!) and current Ohio-based football player (!) Joe Burrow got his first NFL win on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, during which he became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in three straight games. This feat obviously earned him the game ball, but Burrow’s gonna Burrow.
What is Joe Burrow doing with the game ball from his first NFL win? "It's going back in the ball bag." @WLWT #Bengals pic.twitter.com/iC5VZxYV4d— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) October 4, 2020
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies:
- RB J.K. Dobbins had 5 carries for 16 yards and one reception for one yard in the Raven’s win against Washington. Also, this is hilarious:
Surround yourself with people that’s as confident in you as J.K. Dobbins is in Lamar Jackson https://t.co/6pjCT5TsTS— RazorNation ✝️ ️ (@Coach_Calhoun32) October 5, 2020
The Ravens and Washington Football Team are big Buckeye enthusiasts.
Buckeyes ➡️ NFL pic.twitter.com/jBDqlsUkye— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 4, 2020
- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton recorded five tackles and two QB hits in his team’s loss against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
- After grabbing his first NFL interception in Week 3, Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah seems to have found his stride. The rookie recorded five tackles in his team’s loss against the Saints on Sunday.
- Jonah Jackson started his fourth-straight game at left guard for the Lions.
The Cleveland Browns — yeah, those Cleveland Browns! — won their third straight game of the season on Sunday — against the Cowboys, no less! And the man who sealed the deal? None other than former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, who intercepted Dak Prescott’s pass intended for Amari Cooper inside the Browns’ 10-yard line with less than two minutes to play. He ended the game with four tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
.@denzelward with the takeaway‼️— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 4, 2020
: @foxsports pic.twitter.com/LtAwf146xo
On the opposing side, Ezekiel Elliott had 12 carries for 54 yards and eight catches for 71 yards, while Noah Brown had an NFL career-high four catches for 43 yards.
Despite The Washington Football Team suffering their third straight loss to Baltimore on Sunday, Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin each had career-high performances.
Haskins completed 32 of his 45 pass attempts for 314 yards. Before Sunday Haskins had never completed more than 21 passes or thrown for more than 261 yards in his professional career. And while none of those passes were for a touchdown on Sunday, Haskins did score the first rushing touchdown of his career.
7⃣ with the TD— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 4, 2020
: #BALvsWAS CBS pic.twitter.com/Eg0P9i2CRY
Terry McLaurin (did you really think we’d get through one of these without a Terry McLaurin highlight?) led the team in receiving for the fourth week in a row with 10 catches for 118 yards, which was the first time he has had more than seven catches in an NFL game.
Death. Taxes. Terry McLaurin.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 4, 2020
What a throw by @dh_simba7, what a grab by @TheTerry_25 ‼️
: #BALvsWAS on CBS pic.twitter.com/dPOtJ6HWGM
Terry McLaurin this season (among WRs):— PFF (@PFF) October 5, 2020
12 RECs gaining 15+ yards (1st)
208 YAC (1st)
8 missed tackles forced on RECs (2nd) pic.twitter.com/fQ2pSyZviV
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans:
- Chicago Bears wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. recorded two catches for eleven yards, and three punt returns for 18 yards against the Colts.
- Saints safety Malcom Jenkins had five tackles and one pass breakup in their win against the Lions. He now leads the Saints with 27 total tackles and three pass deflections.
- Chargers DE Joey Bosa recorded one tackle and two QB hits against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, and leads the Chargers in sacks (3).
- Texans CB Bradley Roby had seven tackles and two pass breakups against the Vikings. He now leads the team with three total pass deflects.
- Eagles punter Cam Johnston had six punts for 51.2 yards per punt and three inside 20s. His career average of 47.7 is highest in NFL history.
- Taylor Decker, Michael Jordan, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell all started for their respective offensive lines.
- Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel had three receptions for 51 yards and three carries for -1 yard in the Panthers’ win against the Arizona Cardinals.
Curtis Samuel got UP @CurtisSamuel4__ @Panthers pic.twitter.com/dIQ7OoU7m2— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 4, 2020