Report: Sullinger Injured

By Chris Lauderback on December 2, 2011 at 5:36p

The Not Good Gray Box is back.

Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting Jared Sullinger will miss tomorrow's game against Texas Pan-American - and maybe more - due to injury. 

It sounds like a possible back issue though the university has not released any specifics about his injury or the length of time he could be expected to miss. 

Since Baptist's report, Doug Lesmerises tweeted he spoke to someone close to Sully who indicated the injury is not serious and not a long term concern. 

Hold your breath, Buckeye fans. 

UPDATE 6:15PM: OSU has released a statment indicating Sullinger experienced back spasms during Duke game and will be evaluated further next week. He's definitely out tomorrow.

UPDATE 11:55PM: Satch Sullinger, Jared's father, appeared on 10TV this evening, confirming the back spasms and said they may be linked to plantar fasciitis.


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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow. That sucks. Kansas is looming...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Chris Lauderback's picture

yeah. He's got 8 days to heal. 

Also, whole team gets to rest as OSU doesn't play a mid-week game next week. They go saturday to saturday. 

Irricoir's picture

Speaking from experience, back injuries are never a 100% recovery and never rapid.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Or not rapid enough. Yeah, they suck.

But, he did drop some weight. That may help.

Just hope he doesn't seek comfort at...Buckeye Donuts!

The_Lurker's picture


Irricoir's picture

Gray box loving site! I hate you all! You couldn't give us this one week of happiness? I'm done...carry on.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Cross Village's picture

Give Matta and the rest of the team some credit...... 

A Sullinger injury is not Armegeddon ..... simply a chance for the rest of this talented team & Matta to cover his butt... sts.   Evan Ravenel is better than you know and Ross needs PT.  

Going into the NCAA tourney undefeated is the kiss of death and getting through the BIG without scars is not realistic.   The deeper the bench gets, the deeper we go in the Tournament. 





Chris Lauderback's picture

I give them credit but I also give Sully credit as the best player in college basketball. If a team loses that, especially in the paint, it's going to hurt. Beating Kansas or any other top 5-ish team is a tall order without Sully. To your point, I have confidence in Ravenel's ability - not to replace sully - but to hold his own against opponents. Amir is different story though. He's not ready for prime time. 

Ross needs PT and he'll get it but isn't officially eligible until 12/9 so I can't see a scenario where he can possibly play at Kansas on 12/10. Man, I'm getting real anxious to see what Ross can do and how quickly he can catch on to Thad's system at both ends of the floor. 

BuckeyeChris's picture

I'll be honest...I let out a bit of a "whew" on this one. The box loaded before the title, so I wasn't sure of much beyond, "Not a good gray box..." When I realized this was not a "the NCAA is dropping the hammer" gray box, I was relieved.  Get well soon, Sully. I deal in honesty, though. Please forgive. 

theDuke's picture

Suggestion: Two colors for boxes. Gray being generally good or bad and Scarlet being the opposite of Gray. 

I'm just... I mean, after this year, the gray box, by itself has drilled some kind of pattern into my brain which casts a doubt on its contents.  I mean, I just wish I knew before I read the darn thing.


flipbuckeye's picture

People keep saying this, but frankly, a scarlet box would be an eyesore on this website. Just saying.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Ditto. And I like the fact just because the box is gray, it no longer means impending Coach K (my new term for butt hurt).

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

And if its spasms, he will be ok vs KU. I have/had issues after back surgery, but I'm not a 20 yr old world class athlete with a top flight PT staff dedicated to making me feel better. My $ says JS plays if Kansas is this week.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

my day at the sports book at ceaser's next saturday hopes he's all better by then too.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

This may be sacraligious for me to even suggest this on this site, but maybe we use a scarlet box with gray letter for good and a maize box with blue letters for bad news. Then we will know immediately whether its good or bad. Just a thought.

Or just use those colors in any way that seems fitting, but the scarlet & gray for good and maize & blue for bad.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

MookieBlaylock's picture

Having had back problems myself for about 8 years, I really hope its not the case, because that stuff lingers for a long time.  Hopefully Matta is just choosing to err on the side of caution.  Obviously I want the Bucks to win every game, but an early season loss this year at Kansas without Sullinger might take some of the pressure off that we had last year with the long undefeated streak to start the season. 

BuckeyeChris's picture

There would always be an " * " next to any loss sans Sully. 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I had back spasms for a while. Basicallymeant a week on muscle relaxers for me, and lots of sleep as a result. Hopefully it's the same for Sully.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Nick's picture

Hope he is OK but if Sully misses some time we will have to see Ravenel and Amir Williams step up. 

Morgan's picture

i had the same back problems once. dropped sixty points in a youth basketball league the same night. not a huge deal, just letting you know how awesome i am. who is jared sullinger?

tampa buckeye's picture

Its times like this you wish we still had Pj Hill to come off the bench and save us against.....wait who are they playing?

dbit's picture

Blessing in disguise, perhaps?  I NEVER would want Jared to be injured, but to have him miss a few games would definitely force others to show what they've got.  Truthfully, I would like to think we could still beat Kansas minus Jared.



tampa buckeye's picture

They could beat KU without him if they ran and pressed. Im curious to see how good Ross is going to be in college. He is a smooth 6'8" from what Ive seen.

Jdadams01's picture

On a side note... Oregon's band is on right now. Other bands NEVER stack up to TBDBITL.

Brutus's picture

Evan Turner broke his back, missed a bunch of games, and still won POY.  Ohio State has already proven what it can do at full strength.  Losing to Kansas without Sullinger, or even with Sullinger not at 100%, means nothing.  All the Buckeyes need to worry about is getting healthy and winning enough games to earn a 1 or 2 seed in the tourney.  If that means Sullinger sits until January, so be it.  I wish him the best, and fortunately this doesn't sound that serious, but get him healthy and to hell with Kansas or South Carolina or whatever other big games we have coming up.  Just get him ready for B1G play.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I had back spasms in high school during track season and was still able to throw shotput after a few treatments. Depending on the severity they shouldn't be too bad, just more of a nuisance than anything really. 

However, the only thing that matters is that the Bucks pick it up and are healthy during February and March.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Plantar Fasciitis is not good. Pretty sure that's what I have, I could barely walk for 2 foot is still not right.

*Everyone heals differently, and I am not a doctor, so what the hell do I know?

"2014 National with it!!!"

Scott K's picture

Agreed on the plantar fasciitis.  I also had/have it.  I was agressive with self treatment though:  diagnosed it, got the simple heel/arch inserts at the pharmacy, and presto:  no more pain.  That was in 2005.  I've worn a couple different versions of heel/arch inserts everyday, and the pain went away and I have basically had zero problems since.  I've had friends who've gone to the pediatrist and gotten propper made to fit inserts, but the store bought ones have worked for me.  I guess this is part of getting old.....sigh....

Hopefully this is what is causing the problems for Sully.  Get that man some inserts!  Bonus on the inserts:  makes you even taller (not that he really needs it).

To Cheif:  check out the Dr. Sch.....s inserts that they have at your local pharmacy if you haven't already.  Hope it helps.

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel