November 4, 2009

Dinged Pryor ready to go

COLUMBUS - Ohio State sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor emerged from the tunnel at the Horseshoe Saturday after halftime in the Buckeyes 45-0 win over New Mexico State.

Pryor sat down on Ohio State's bench with a jacket on, though his shoulder pads and helmet were nowhere to be found. It was apparent the quarterback would not be returning to the ball game, but suspect of injury caused quite the panic among the Buckeye faithful.

Following the game, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was vague in terms of what the issue was with Pryor. The head coach admitted he was a little dinged, but didn't comment further on the extent of his injury.

"He got a little dinged up," Tressel said following the game.

Added Pryor just moments later: "It's not really a big deal. I got a little bumped up, but I feel pretty good. It's a little bump on my leg. I'll be fine."

For whatever reason, those comments weren't enough to put the Buckeye faithful at ease, but at the time it was quite apparent that Tressel had seen enough of Pryor playing physically in the first half of the Aggie game and simply didn't want to risk it further.

The injury seemed to have occurred on a tackle in the second quarter in which Pryor was somewhat horse-collared and he tweked his leg.

"When I got horse-collared, it sort of drove my left leg back a little bit," Pryor said Saturday. "But it's not a big deal. He just grabbed my leg and it kind of fought back a little bit. It's not a big deal, really. I mean, it's just adversity and something you can handle. It's just a little bump on my leg, and whatever, and I'll be fine."

Morals aside when it comes to whether his shoulder pads should have been on, Tressel addressed the issue a little better on Tuesday in terms of whether or not Ohio State's quarterback is still in pain leading into one of the biggest games of the season.

Apparently, Pryor is still trying to heal up.

"He has ice bags everywhere. He's got one on one of those fingers all the way down his body with his knees and his ankles and foot and so forth," said Tressel Tuesday at his luncheon with the media. "We thought that he had been banged around enough and even when you don't design things for him to get banged around, he likes to make plays and he attracts a crowd, but he'll be ready to go (Tuesday)."

Given this could be one of the biggest games of Pryor's career - he's heading back to his home state to play a team that was one of the finalists in his recruitment - Tressel feels that physically he should be just fine.

"No, I would expect him not to be debilitated," Tressel said Tuesday. "Adrenaline is an amazing thing, even when you're feeling a little bit sore or whatnot. All of a sudden the blood starts flowing and the lights are turned on and it's time to go. ... He'll be ready to go."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for He can be reached at

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