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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett playing less than a week after surgery has bothered NFL star Joe Thomas.

Ex-Wisconsin star Joe Thomas questions Ohio State starting QB J.T. Barrett after surgery

Wayne Staats

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett got the start for the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Saturday night.

Barrett playing comes after he left the win against Michigan last week. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the injury happened during a pregame incident with a cameraman. Barrett underwent knee surgery on Sunday in order to be able to play against Wisconsin.

But former Wisconsin offensive lineman and Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas isn’t happy Barrett is playing so soon after surgery.

“I would like to see NCAA FB get an independent second opinion Dr who can help players make big surgical and medical decisions (like the NFL),” Thomas tweeted. “As a guy who’s had a lot of knee surgeries, it’s unsettling that JT Barrett had knee surgery a few days ago and is playing [Saturday].”

But Thomas didn’t stop there.

“Oftentimes (players) don’t have knowledge or experience 2 make big medical decisions that could have a major impact on their life and career. The Dr works for the coach & looks out for his best interest, & the player trusts the coach, but nobody is looking out for plyrs best interest.”

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett playing after surgery