ESPN's Brian Bennett reported that Hall "has a partial tear of the PCL ligament in his right knee." The report also states that the running back is doubtful for OSU's upcoming matchup with Nebraska. There is no set date for his return.
This is a major disappointment for the senior, who had racked up 192 yards on 34 carries in the previous two games for the Buckeyes.
Before that, Hall sat out the team's first two contests with a foot injury that he had suffered in the offseason, as Bennett notes. When Hall left the game against the Spartans, he had recorded 26 yards on six carries and scored his first touchdown of the season.
Despite limited playing time, Hall has been the team's most productive tailback. Versatile quarterback Braxton Miller is far and away the leader in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns, but no running back on the team has had as much success as Hall in 2012.
In his absence, Bennett believes Carlos Hyde will step into a starting role. Hyde, a junior, is third on the team in carries and yardage behind Miller and Hall.
Talented underclassmen Bri'onte Dunn and Rod Smith, who each have received 12 carries this season, likely will see more opportunities in Hall's absence.
After taking on Nebraska, the Buckeyes will continue with their Big Ten schedule, taking on Indiana and Purdue in the next two weeks. The team will hope to have Hall on the field for those games.
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