Ezekiel Elliott Played Through Friday's Practice With His Broken Wrist

By Patrick Maks on August 10, 2014 at 7:00p

It was early during Friday’s practice when Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott broke his wrist. He played through it anyway.

“I hurt it on a jump ball. I went up to catch a ball and I ended up landing on it funny,” he said Sunday during the team’s annual Media Day.

“It happened pretty early in practice, I ended up finishing practice with it and then I couldn’t really squeeze my hand, it started swelling up. So I got X-rays.”

Elliot had wrist surgery Saturday morning to repair the damage and is expected to rejoin fall camp Thursday in a non-contact manner.

“I was thinking hopefully it was something I could play with,” he said.

You can add that to the latest chapter in sophomore’s burgeoning career in Columbus.

Elliott is projected to be the Buckeyes’ starting running back when it opens the season against Navy Aug. 30 in Baltimore. While head coach Urban Meyer won’t name a starter yet, he said Elliott is at the top of his pecking order ahead of Rod Smith, Curtis Samuel and Bri’onte Dunn.

It’s understandable, then, as to why Elliott played through the pain Friday. A chance at becoming Ohio State’s feature running back and the guy to fill the massive shoes of Carlos Hyde is within arms reach.

“It’s definitely frustrating but I’m just happy that I can get back so fast,” he said. “It could’ve been a lot worse.”

The Buckeyes, of course, are thankful it wasn’t. They open the season against Navy Aug. 30 in Baltimore. 


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GoBucks10's picture

I'm not enjoying injury news, even if Eze and Xbrax with be OK...

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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buckguyfan1's picture

I like true grit in my running back.  

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Him1stftballl8er's picture


I love all our kids but Zeke is probably my fav Buckeye and has been since he signed on. The kid has incredible physical attributes but his heart, grit, and soul are immeasurable and filled with Scarlet and Grey. 

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

not to mention his two awesome parents are on the TOSU train now and loving it!


ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Eze's showing that mental toughness already. Heal up young Buck.

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

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MN Buckeye's picture

While Ezekiel and the staff are confident that he will be back this week, 'surgery' and 'pin' do not sound like quick returns, even if it is for a small bone.

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RoyMunson's picture

Pin was not mentioned.

nfischer's picture

It was mentioned yesterday.

zenshade's picture

True, but probably the only area it will affect performance is catching passes, and possibly a slightly higher fumble risk when the ball is in that hand. A good wrist brace should adequately protect the healing process and still allow him to exert full force with the forearm and bicep.

Maestro's picture

The size of the bone has no bearing on his recovery really.  The scaphoid bone in the wrist is about the size of a small unshelled peanut it's the slowest healing bone in the body.  The fact that they are discussing him being ready in 3 weeks simply means that the fracture was minimally or not displaced and the surgery was pretty minimal in terms of difficulty. 

I would be very cautious of expecting much out of Elliot for the early games of the season.  Unless the "surgery" was really just a procedure to reduce the fracture without anything invasive, surgery is still going to cause swelling, stiffness and pain no matter how minimal.  In the heat of August and September out on a football field his hand is going to continue to swell for several weeks and it would be silly to worsen the injury and cause him to miss more time.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Here is to a speedy recovery, Zeke

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

We want Eze!!

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Get Healthy EZE!  We need ya this fall!

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osupolo's picture

All that I can think of is Allen Iverson saying "we're talking about practice, man" and am thankfull that Zeke, (in no way, shape, or form) does not remind me of A.I.

cinserious's picture

Dr. Elliott will have his son on the fast track to recovery!

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

Maestro's picture

Would love to hear some more specifics on this.  "Broken wrist" can mean so many different things.  

vacuuming sucks

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