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Ohio State: Malik Harrison, Jonathon Cooper ‘much better’ after injuries

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Ohio State is hoping to have Malik Harrison back at linebacker this week after an injury. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State: Malik Harrison, Jonathon Cooper ‘much better’ after injuries

COLUMBUS — Already shorthanded on defense and dealing with a handful of nagging injuries, Ohio State appears to be getting good news with a pair of key starters.

The Buckeyes haven’t disclosed any details about the issues that knocked linebacker Malik Harrison and defensive end Jonathon Cooper out of last week’s win over Indiana. But Urban Meyer indicated both were making progress ahead of another evaluation either later on Monday or perhaps on Tuesday that could have them cleared to return on Saturday against Minnesota.

“Much better today,” Meyer said during his Monday press conference. “We’ll know more probably later today or tomorrow. But much better.

“We’ve overcome some significant injuries, most notable is [star defensive end] Nick Bosa. And we’re still finding ways to win games. There are just some really good people on this team. We go out to practice and guys want to get better. It’s a good group to coach, good people and guys work really hard.”

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Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper left the last game early with an injury. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Meyer himself is doing just fine as the Buckeyes head back to the practice field with an unblemished record as they prepare for another Big Ten matchup in the Horseshoe.

There was some confusion on Saturday about whether Meyer suffered a collision with a staffer when he appeared to be suffering discomfort in his head. But the seventh-year coach clarified again that he’s continuing to deal with headaches due to his arachnoid cyst and not a reason for additional concern.

“I’ve been dealing with that cyst for many years, and we had that surgery several years ago,” Meyer said. “When it does take place, it’s just they give me some medicine and I feel fine now. It’s just something I’ve got to monitor.”

For the full Urban Meyer press conference, watch the Ohio State coach on the Lettermen Row YouTube channel.

Austin Ward

Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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