The Buckeyes will be without their presumptive starting running back for at least the rest of spring as Ohio State announces Master Teague III has been classified as unavailable for the remainder of spring practice.
Ohio State has not confirmed the nature of the injury or whether he will be ready for the start of the season in September, but a source told Eleven Warriors that Teague suffered an Achilles injury during Monday's practice. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Teague was the team's No. 2 running back throughout the 2019 season, backing up J.K. Dobbins and rushing for 789 yards and four touchdowns on 135 carries. With Dobbins now headed to the NFL, Teague seemed to be poised to step into the starting spot.
With Teague now sidelined and Marcus Crowley already listed as unavailable, Ohio State has a depleted running backs room for spring practice. Teague and Steele Chambers were the only scholarship players at running back during the Buckeyes' first spring practice on Tuesday, though Demario McCall could also now move back to running back and Miyan Williams is set to join the team this summer.
“We’re one injury away from a little bit of a crisis right now, but in the end, when it comes to September, we’re gonna be okay,” Day said Monday, before Teague's injury status was known, in regards to the running back situation.