When Bradley Roby was arrested on charges of battery in July, it was unclear just how serious the issue was or how long he'd be forced to sit out.
But almost everything that has happened since then has helped to vindicate him, culminating Wednesday with news that his charges have been dismissed.
According to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch:
The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby for his part in an altercation at an Indiana bar was conditionally dismissed today.
Roby was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of striking a security guard in the chest. That was based on eyewitness accounts. But video evidence seen by the second police officer on the scene and included in a supplemental report showed that Roby was pushed three times and only “lunged” at a security guard.
The video in question helped reduce Roby's charges from felony battery to a misdemeanor last week, but now appear to have cleared his name in full.
Per Rabinowitz's report, the pretrial hearing scheduled for Monday has been canceled, and all Roby has to do to complete his "diversion program" is stay out of legal trouble for a year.
According to Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports, there's a good chance this news doesn't affect Roby's one-game suspension to start the season. As Fornelli points out, running back Carlos Hyde was also vindicated from his July arrest, but Urban Meyer didn't lift his three-game suspension to start the year.
But the Buckeyes should be fine without Roby (and Hyde) against Buffalo, and barring anything unforeseen, their star corner should be eligible the rest of the season. Roby was an All-Big Ten first-teamer last season, finishing the year with 63 tackles, and is widely considered a future first-round draft pick.
Along with C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, he'll be counted on to anchor Ohio State's secondary in 2013—a unit as strong as any in the country and the ballast of OSU's defense.
Roby staying out of trouble could, in turn, mean trouble for all Buckeyes opponents.