UPDATE (9:07 P.M.): Ohio State confirms the injury to Brown's left leg, but did not provide any detail on how it happened. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday.
"Ohio State University sophomore receiver Noah Brown suffered a left leg injury during practice today at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Brown, from Flanders, N.J., will have surgery tomorrow at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He will miss the 2015 season but is expected to make a complete recovery."
Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a broken leg during Wednesday's practice, a source told Eleven Warriors.
The news was first reported by Ari Wasserman of cleveland.com.
A scheduled media session was cancelled before it even began following practice, with an odd aura permeating over the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Players were somber, strutting around like someone knocked the wind out of them. A black barrier was put up and a huddle of players gathered behind it, 40 yards away from the media.
Senior wide receiver Corey Smith tweeted about Brown shortly after the media was escorted off the practice field, painting an ugly picture for his teammate.
Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015
Wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who leads the unit both Smith and Brown are a part of, also sent this tweet shortly after Corey Smith posted his:
This is not our plan... This is God's plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him - It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015
Michael Thomas also took to Twitter to offer his support for Brown.
I'm not going to give up my faith, I know the Lord has something greater for you. Just a bump in the road we have to overcome together... NB— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 26, 2015
Brown, who hails from Flanders, N.J., was expected to play a huge role in Ohio State's offense this fall. It was believed that he had his place in the wide receiver rotation locked down during camp.
Head coach Urban Meyer and others raved about Brown's progression since spring drills and he looked to step in immediately following the suspensions to Smith, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for the team's season opener at Virginia Tech Sept. 7.
No official comment from Ohio State has been released at this time, but a spokesman did tell the media he would update once he knew more information.