COLUMBUS — Ohio State will officially rule out Nick Bosa once again this week, but a return for the superstar might be drawing closer.
The junior defensive end is scheduled to fly back to Philadelphia for an evaluation of the core-muscle injury that required surgery last month, and with an off date looming after the Buckeyes play at Purdue, Bosa may be in line for a return in November.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Lettermen Row that Bosa has already resumed working out individually at the Ohio State practice facility, although he hasn’t been cleared for activities with the team.
“I believe he’s flying back up there tomorrow to get rechecked,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “We’re hoping. Hoping.”
The Buckeyes have already received some positive injury news elsewhere for a banged-up defense ahead of the trip to take on a dangerous Purdue team.
Both linebacker Malik Harrison and defensive end Jonathon Cooper have been cleared and will return to the starting lineup this week. Those absences were clearly felt for the Buckeyes last week against Minnesota, particularly with Bosa out of the lineup, cornerback Damon Arnette dealing with an injury and defensive tackle Robert Landers still hobbled.
Arnette is listed as questionable by Ohio State, but Landers is again probable.
“Constant evaluation of that, and that [scheme] is ever-changing with the personnel,” Meyer said. “Guys get dinged and hurt, like last week we were without five starters for the majority of the game. On defense, that’s hard to drastically change right now.
“But we held them without scoring for the better part of three quarters with three turnovers and three sacks. It’s just constant evaluation.”
There’s one key evaluation that Ohio State won’t be part of this week. But what the doctors find with Bosa will go a long way toward determining the potential for the Buckeyes as they chase a national championship.