After undergoing surgery for a core muscle injury last week, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa will not be re-evaluated by his doctor until November, and no decision on if and when he will be able to return this season will be made until then, Bosa's father John said Monday.
As first reported by The Athletic's Ari Wasserman, John Bosa said Monday that his son should fully recover from the injury, but that it would premature to speculate on when Nick will be able to return until he is re-evaluated by his doctor, core muscle specialist William C. Meyers, who performed the surgery Thursday morning in Philadelphia.
"Bad news: surgery. Good news: 100 percent fixable," John Bosa told Eleven Warriors in a phone call Monday afternoon. "I know coach Meyer's going to get 1,000 questions, so I do want to just clarify: Nick will not be getting re-evaluated until November, so anything past that, that would just be guessing."
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Nick Bosa, who is projected to be one of the top picks in next year's NFL draft, told him that he does want to return this season, and Meyer expects that he will be back. John Bosa said Monday, however, that he did not want to speculate on any future decisions that might be made until after his son is re-evaluated.
Nick Bosa's mom, Cheryl, talked to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg on Monday, and also said that no decision will be made until after he is re-evaluated in November, saying that her son would like to return to Ohio State this season but that they will discuss his situation as a family before making a decision.
"It would be then that we'll assess his readiness," Cheryl Bosa told Rittenberg.
Meyer said he has been in touch with John and Cheryl and that he expects to have further conversations with them and their son about the best course of action for Nick's future once he is healthy.
"We've already had those discussions a little bit," Meyer said. "But that's down the road when he becomes healthy again. You can't ask for a better family and people.
"I don't want to paraphrase John and Cheryl Bosa, but as they said, we trust our children to this program," Meyer continued. "And we will continue to do so. And so those conversations will be had, but absolutely. Not that you treat anybody different than another player. I want to make sure that's clear. But that's a real conversation that we're going to have."
John Bosa did not specify what date in November that Nick's re-evaluation appointment is scheduled for, but we now know that he will miss at least Ohio State's next four games against Penn State, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue. Following an open date in the final week of October, Ohio State is set to play Nebraska (Nov. 3), Michigan State (Nov. 10), Maryland (Nov. 17) and Michigan (Nov. 24) in its final four games of the regular season.