C.J. Barnett Out Saturday With Sprained Ankle

By Kyle Rowland on August 30, 2013 at 8:14p
The captain is out.

Ohio State will be missing a third starter tomorrow and second in the defensive secondary. As first reported by Ben Axelrod, senior safety C.J. Barnett will miss Saturday’s season opener versus Buffalo. Eleven Warriors confirmed the report with multiple sources, learning that Barnett is limited due to a sprained ankle. Barnett suffered the injury in practice. The severity of the sprain is not known. 

Starting running back Carlos Hyde and cornerback Bradley Roby are already out serving suspensions.

Barnett’s backup is Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, who’s performed well in the spring and fall. Vonn Bell will also be in line to receive playing time.

The injury puts a damper on a memorable week for Barnett, as he was named a team captain on Tuesday. Barnett has started parts of three seasons. He suffered a season-ending injury two games into his redshirt freshman season.

Barnett finished with 56 tackles – three for loss – and two interceptions in Ohio State’s undefeated 2012 season.


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njclebuckeye5's picture

Sucks for CJ. The good out of this bad situation though is experience for Pitt and likely Vonn Bell

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

ohst8buxCP's picture

Real bummer especially after being named Captain a few days ago. Hope it's not too severe

InHartWeTrust's picture

Sucks to hear this, hope the sprain is minor and he is back for next week.  On the bright side, some of the backups will get game reps. 

Ahh Saturday's picture

I have broken my wrist, broken my collarbone, dislocated my elbow twice, and nearly lost a finger moving a washing machine out of someone's basement. But the most painful injury I ever had was a sprained ankle. Always amazes me to see these guys come back two weeks, or even one week later, and at D1 football. Hope CJ has a speedy recovery.

Kyle Rowland's picture

First off, you need to take it easy man, haha. That's a lot of hurt bones. Secondly, agree 100 percent. Ankle sprains are painful and they nag. Can hamper you for six weeks. 

UrbanCulture's picture

I feel ya. Sprained my ankle 18 months ago and my foot still can't roll outward without an unpleasant reminder that ankle sprains suck

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Especially if it was a high ankle sprain.  You would almost rather break your ankle then to have a high ankle sprain, or a regular one that's severe enough it gives you problems forever.  At least, that's what the doctors always tell me, and did when I broke my ankle my senior year of HS during a bball game.  Was back in a little over 3 weeks.

gumtape's picture

Vonn benn must have really climbed up the depth chart over the past week. I wonder what vonn bell thinks about this.

High and tight boo boo

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Can't wait to see this Vonn Benn kid play! Diamond in the rough

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Urbanmania's picture

I agree if the rough is also made of diamonds

zbd's picture

And Vonn Bell too.

HighBallAce's picture

I've broken my ankle and sprained it. By far, spraining it hurt a whole heck of a lot more than breaking it.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Injuries mounting as well as some players not allowed to play, the only damper to an otherwise rabid anticipation of the game.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

buckguyfan1's picture

Great opportunities for our young people.  Fortunately it appears that this freshman class is capable of seizing the moment when such an opportunity presents itself. 
Get well soon CJ, we need your skills and leadership!

DaiTheFlu's picture

This is definitely disappointing. I'm hoping this last week of injuries - especially on the defensive side of the ball - is not going to be indicative of the season ahead.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm a little concerned. Added on to the attrition we've had from transfers, we're losing our cushion for further injuries at more positions than I would like. 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

13THandSummit's picture

Scheduling the cupcakes doesn't look like such a bad idea now. I would be worried if we were playing a Virginia Tech or even a North Carolina like some other top ten schools.

FROMTHE18's picture

welp, of course he is (no fault on his part). 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I am sitting on the the fence of seeing the opportunity for our young-ins and seeing the a young team come slow out of the gate.

KingsRite's picture

I feel bad for C.J. but it will be nice to see Pitt and Von step up and show what they got.

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

BuckeyeQ6's picture

Bummer! Was he chasing Dontre?

MN Buckeye's picture

CJ, please take the time to fully heal. We need you this season, dude.

sb97's picture

Thats it!  We are putting bubble wrap on everyone until game time.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Disappointed, but best to take precautions in order to make sure he doesn't aggravate it further.  Get well!

zbd's picture

Vonn Bell and Eli Apple will step up. That's why they came to OSU.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Damn man.  Not much luck with the injury bug this summer.  At least this one isn't too serius...Pittsburgh Brown, Vonn Bell - you guys are up.

Class of 2010.

pjtobin's picture

Talking depth today with a SCum fan I said we are fine. I hope I didn't jinx us or something. I hope Bell and Apple do get some snaps. These two are beasts. So let them rip this buffalo offense apart. Get them in. Let them work. When Cj is healthy we know he is a beast. Roby will be back soon. I'm confidant in our backups. I know we are a little thin in a few areas. I still am not in panic mode. I know that by this time next year we will be stacked. That is as long as RDS, XBRAX, and ROBY stay for next year. I wish CJ the best of luck. And I hope he heals quickly. A severe sprain can take a minute to heal. Lets hope it's just a minor sprain. Even if he needs to heal next week I'm confidant we handle SD St with minor hiccups. I hope he is back by Cal. Nothing against our backups I just want to know our playmakers are in. But who knows? Brown, Bell, Apple may play like their hair is on fire and impress all of us. I don't think it is that far fetched. And yes my scarlet glasses are resting on my face. Less than 11 hrs till kick off!!! Go BUCKS!!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Injuries are part of the game. Heal up C.J., you know the deal! I've had a few concussions and stingers throughout college and high school ball. I was fortunate enough to have never dealt with an ankle sprain until grad school while playing rugby. It was a grade two sprain which sucked beyond belief. As a physical therapist, I can tell you ankle sprains, at times, can be more serious than a break. It's no fun at all, but with the right therapy and rest, you can heal surprisingly well if you don't push the issue. Best of luck C.J.!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

cinserious's picture

I can't believe when I wake up tomorrow.... BUCKEYES!
How can I sleep?

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckguyfan1's picture

I'm up Cinserious and its glorious!  Boston Butt in the smoker and spirits on ice.  Waiting for daybreak to raise the Buckeye colors up the flag pole. 
Want so bad to strike up TBDBITL...  GAME DAY at last!

bucks15's picture

Wasn't C.J. dealing with a high ankle sprain last year as well?  Really hope it's not the same ankle as it's been mentioned those can be very nagging injuries, especially if it has happened once before.  
Excited to see Bell in his first game action though.  Next man up...

BucksfanXC's picture

Update: CJ hasn't been ruled out today

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Defend Youngstown's picture

They just showed CJ warming up pregame. Ankle was taped, but he was walking around and catching balls without a gimp. If he's out, it doesn't look like he's going to be out for an extended period of time.

captain obvious's picture

Hopefully just precautionary. If it was a BIG game he would be starting.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Thought we would have seen a little more of Vonn Bell than we did. Pitt Brown looked good though