Miyan Williams damage: Ohio State RB knocked out by Indiana as Buckeyes’ backfield depth scores one other hit

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Ohio State running back Miyan Williams was carted off the field Saturday after suffering an apparent lower body injury in the second quarter against Indiana in a 56-14 win for the Buckeyes.

Williams took the ball on the edge of the red zone in second and sixth and was tackled in a routine stretch play. Despite what appeared to be a routine attack, Williams quickly realized he had injured his right leg and called a coach. He was carried off the field by coaches and left the sidelines on a cart. Williams didn’t put any pressure on his right leg.

Williams exploded for 147 yards and a touchdown with 15 carries in the first half against Indiana. In just nine games this season, Williams rushed for 783 yards and 13 touchdowns. In the previous two games, missed by TreVeyon Henderson as a running back, Williams rushed for 300 yards and seven touchdowns with 41 carries.

The loss continues a frustrating injury season for the Ohio State running backs. Henderson has missed several games with a nagging foot injury. Henderson hasn’t erased 20 carries since Sept. 24 and is unavailable against Indiana. Arizona State’s Chip Trayanum plays linebacker but switched to running back to help with the depth problems. However, he is unavailable against Indiana after failing in training.

True freshman running back Dallan Hayden stepped in for the next two plays in William’s place. However, the Buckeyes failed to get a first down after trying in fourth and 1st place. Williams came into Saturday with 54 carries for 255 yards. No other active running back has more than 10 carries.

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