September 6, 2007

Moving forward without The Law

While everything else seemed to go right for the Buckeyes in their 38-6 opening win over Youngstown State, one thing went tragically wrong.

With Ohio State already in command of the game midway through the second quarter, starting defensive end Lawrence Wilson went down clutching his right leg.

The way Wilson lay on the field, grabbing at his knee and writhing in pain, any knowledgeable football fan would have made the safe assumption that he had suffered a knee injury. The most likely culprit would have been a torn ACL - much like the injury suffered by safety Anderson Russell a year ago - which would have meant a 8-12 month recovery time.

But Wilson and the Buckeyes got a strike of luck when it was determined the injury was not structural damage to the knee, but a fracture in the bone. Instead Wilson faces just 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation follow his surgery this week.

"I spoke with Lawrence yesterday," fellow end Vernon Gholston said. "He had successful surgery and is in good spirits. He knows things like this happen in football all the time, and he's just thankful it was the kind of injury it was."

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