Adolphus Washington Injury: Ohio State DE out for Game vs. SDSU
Ohio State sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington left the Buckeyes' contest with the San Diego State Aztecs in the second quarter with what is being described as a "lower-body issue" as reported by Rusty Miller of the Associated Press:
#OhioState has announced that DE Adolphus Washington has a "lower-body issue" and is out for the game.— Rusty Miller (@RustyMillerAP) September 7, 2013
The injury appeared to occur as Washington shed an offensive tackle and began to pursue the quarterback. He walked off under his own power with helmet in hand on the way to the locker room.
Washington is one half of a sophomore defensive end pair that ranks with the best in the nation. Fellow defensive end Noah Spence remained in the game and helped the Buckeyes to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Joey Bosa stood in for Washington and played well enough, but against bigger competition the Buckeyes are going to need their star defensive end healthy. Next week the Buckeyes must travel to Berkeley on the opposite side of the country to take on the California Golden Bears in a tough matchup.
After that, it's a matchup with Florida A&M before the Buckeyes get into Big 10 player where they will need to be at full strength.
Last season Washington recorded three sacks in limited duty and entered a leadership role with the Buckeyes this season. The same goes for Spence, who recorded 12 tackles and a sack last year before moving into the starting role across from Washington.
Defensive line is undoubtedly a major strength for Ohio State, but the potential absence of Washington in the near future will cause issues. Stay tuned as Bleacher Report will have the updates on Washington's condition as they happen.
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