Gareon Conely lowered his shoulder and delivered a big hit in the second quarter of Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Oklahoma on Saturday night.
But after the play, Conley stayed on the turf for a few scary minutes as Ohio State’s trainers worked on him, a time during which they asked the cornerback to use his hands and feet.
Conley eventually got up and walked off the field under his own power, but Ohio State announced at halftime that he wouldn’t return to the game.
After the game was over, Urban Meyer said Ohio State dosn’t have reason to be concerned with Conley’s health as Ohio State enters the bye week.
“My understanding is he’s going to be fine,” Meyer said. “Just had a stinger. … It was precautionary, but he should be fine.”
Ohio State had been rotating cornerbacks all season, so the Buckeyes were much more prepared than they would have been in the past to overcome Conley’s injury.
Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette have all received steady playing time this year on a rotational basis, so when Conely was removed from the game, the Buckeyes’ depth had it covered.