On Thursday morning, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa had surgery for an injury he suffered during Saturday’s game against TCU. Bosa suffered the injury, labeled as a core muscle injury, during the third quarter of Ohio State’s 40-28 victory over TCU at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Head coach Urban Meyer confirmed the surgery during his radio show on Thursday.
Bosa was previously ruled out for the Buckeyes during their week four matchup against Tulane, but the surgery will surely set back his return to the team. Meyer did not provide a timetable for when they expect Bosa to return to practices with the team, though they hope to have him back as soon as possible. The typical recovery time for core muscle injuries ranges from four to six weeks.
This surely puts Bosa on the shelf for Ohio State’s visit to Happy Valley to face Penn State for a night game matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 29. If Bosa misses a full six-game for recovery, his first game back could come on November 10 when the Buckeyes take a visit to East Lansing, Michigan to face the Michigan State Spartans. In recent years, Penn State and Michigan State have been two games circled on every Buckeye Fan’s calendar every year. The Nittany Lions and Spartans have both played spoiler for Ohio State’s conference game and bowl game aspirations.
Listed on Mel Kiper’s Big Board as the top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft, Bosa has played a huge part in the success of Ohio State’s defense this year. In less than three games of work this season, Bosa is tied for third in the nation with four sacks, a team-leading 14 tackles and a forced fumble resulting in a defensive touchdown. Jonathon Cooper and Chase Young will be the starting defensive ends for Ohio State this week against Tulane while Jashon Cornell, Tyreke Smith and Tyler Friday will likely see significantly increased playing time with Bosa on the sidelines.