Another exciting weekend of NFL action is behind us, and it was a really great slate of matchups that included eight one-score games, as well as everyone’s favorite outcome: a tie!
As per usual, where there are NFL games being played, there are Ohio State players involved. Unfortunately, we can’t dive right into some of the highlights for former Buckeyes until we talk about the latest injury news. It’s been a rough season for the league as a whole injury wise, and OSU alum have been no exception. After Nick Bosa, Parris Campbell, Malik Hooker, and Dre’Mont Jones all suffered significant injuries a week ago — Bosa’s and Hooker’s both being season-ending — this week it was Chase Young.
Now, fortunately, it appears as though Young has avoided a major setback. The rookie Washington Football Team defensive end hurt his groin in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the contest. However, according to Ian Rapoport, Young’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, although it is still unclear when he will be able to return to action.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft has looked really good through his first two-plus games in the league, and even provided us with this spectacular photo before leaving the field this past weekend:
Now, let’s get to the actual highlights for former Ohio State players this past weekend, starting with the first-year guys.
Jeff Okudah has had a bit of a rocky start to his professional career, although to be fair he has really been thrown into the fire right from the get-go — his first two assignments have been Davante Adams and Deandre Hopkins. However, the rook looked really good on Sunday, picking off Kyler Murray for his first career interception.
He also did this. That’s more like the Okudah we were used to seeing in Columbus.
This tackle ➡️ B I AMAZING— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 27, 2020
Damon Arnette continues to have his run-ins with cameras and other sideline fodder.
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies:
- J.K. Dobbins is a victim of a crowded backfield resulting in fewer touches, as the Baltimore Ravens RB had just one carry for six yards. He did, however, lead the Ravens in receiving, hauling in four catches for 38 yards.
- Jordan Fuller, whose NFL career has gotten off to an awesome start with the Los Angeles Rams, suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. It is unclear the severity of his injury or how long he will be out.
- K.J. Hill recorded his first NFL reception for the Los Angeles Chargers on a 15-yard grab in the fourth quarter. He also returned two punts for 10 yards.
- Jonah Jackson started his third-straight game at left guard for the Lions.
Joey Bosa continued his phenomenal start to his 2020 campaign, recording his third sack in as many games for the Chargers. Bosa now also has 11 TFLs and six QB hits on the year.
It was a pretty quiet day for Ezekiel Elliott — at least by his standards — in what became a shootout between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Zeke had 34 yards rushing and a TD to go along with six catches for 24 yards.
Zeke eats well— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 27, 2020
Buckeyes Football Team saw Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin and Young make their return to Ohio, but it did not exactly go well. Haskins threw two TD passes in the 34-20 loss against the Cleveland Browns, but turned the ball over four times on three INTs and a fumble. McLaurin was great as usual, leading the team with four catches for 83 yards.
Denzel Ward lined up on the other side, but only recorded two tackles and a pass deflection before leaving the game with a groin injury. Like Young, it doesn’t appear to be anything major to worry about.
Malcolm Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore combined to make a huge play in the New Orleans Saints matchup against the Green Bay Packers, keeping Aaron Jones short of the sticks on fourth down. Jenkins finished with a team-high nine tackles and a QB hit, while Lattimore registered six tackles including the finishing blow on Jones.
Sam Hubbard recorded his first sack of the season for the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that would ultimately end up as a tie against the Philadelphia Eagles. Hubbard finished the afternoon with four tackles, two TFLs, the lone sack and a QB hit.
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans:
- Jerome Baker had eight tackles and a PBU for the Miami Dolphins.
- Vonn Bell finished second on the team with eight tackles for the Bengals.
- Ted Ginn Jr. had one catch for 29 yards for the Chicago Bears.
- Curtis Samuel racked up 45 yards on four catches for the Carolina Panthers.
- Taylor Decker, Michael Jordan, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell all started for their respective offensive lines.