Ohio State junior running back Curtis Samuel underwent foot surgery Tuesday morning, sources confirmed with Eleven Warriors. It is estimated Samuel will miss six weeks, but he could be ready for spring practice if needed, sources said.
Bucknuts.com first reported the news after Samuel took to his Facebook account Tuesday to express his feelings post-surgery:
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior from Brooklyn injured his foot in Ohio State's 44-28 victory against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, according to the original report, but 11W sources indicate it was an injury that had nagged Samuel throughout most of the 2015 season.
An Ohio State spokesman responded "No" to an email from Eleven Warriors asking for confirmation or denial of the reported surgery.
Samuel ran 17 times for 132 yards and a touchdown during the 2015 season, while also reeling in 22 passes for 289 yards and two more scores. He is expected to be in the mix at running back to replace Silver Football winner Ezekiel Elliott, along with Bri'onte Dunn, Mike Weber and Antonio Williams.
Samuel has played running back, H-back and even wide receiver since coming to Columbus as part of Urban Meyer's 2014 recruiting class.