So, Jordan Hall suffers an odd foot injury, and now he'll probably be out through the start of the season. Ten weeks of rehab with the season less than 10 weeks away. Brutal news for Brutus, to be sure, especially since the next three tailbacks in line (Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith, Bri'Onte Dunn in some order close to that) are more or less similar runners.
Of course, the nature of the injury itself—a badly cut foot—is odd enough to arouse suspicion in some fans, and that's not unreasonable. Like, was there a samurai sword just lying around in his yard?
But based on all we know right now, the conclusion that one should not come to is that Hall was involved in some sort of incident. You know, an incident. The reason not to come to that conclusion is to actually listen to what Urban Meyer had to say about it. Here's what he told the Canton Repository:
“This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man,” Meyer said. “He’s handling things well, though."
“He’ll be in a nonweight bearing cast for about six weeks and then he’ll rehabilitate the injury for at least four weeks after that.”
Now, mind you, if there is any coach in America who's in less of a mood to deal with shenanigans off the field in his program, it's Urban Meyer. He just kicked two of his offense's most important players off the team for the summer for pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. If he had any sense that Hall or anyone else was thumbing his nose at the program's sense of discipline, there is utterly no way in the world he'd be using language like "unfortunate accident" and "really fine young man."
There is one conclusion to draw and one only: This was an accident, not an incident.
We're sure it's fun to speculate that something else is going on here—doubly so if you want bad things to befall the Ohio State program—but if you actually believe that Hall did something wrong here and Meyer's just covering it up, you have quite the imagination and that must be a fun world you live in.
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