Achilles injuries are the bane of any athlete. When presumed Ohio State starting middle linebacker Tuf Borland suffered one early last week, head coach Urban Meyer said he didn't believe the season would be at risk.
Speaking at his press conference following Monday's practice, Meyer clarified the time table, saying it's likely Borland won't return until September. The Buckeyes kickoff the season Sept. 1 against Oregon State in the Horseshoe.
"The normal guy takes longer than a guy like him, so we're anticipating September," Meyer said.
While that wouldn't necessarily cost Borland the season, it could jeopardize his standing in the linebacker room if the injury causes him to miss a majority of spring drills and the entirety of fall camp.
Sophomore linebacker Baron Browning, Borland's replacement in the middle, drew praise for his performance during the weekend's scrimmage.
If there were, however, ever a human that could bounce back from a devastating injury to the Achilles, it's a linebacker named Tuf.