Ohio State’s defensive line depth, one of its biggest strengths, took a hit Saturday.
“It’s a surgery and a season-ending is what I’ve been told,” coach Urban Meyer said at his postgame press conference. “We’ll update further as we know more. And that’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy.”
Dre’mont Jones replaced Sprinkle and would likely be next up for the Buckeyes.
Sprinkle appeared in all 13 games for the Buckeyes last year, but made just four tackles with a fumble recovery as a reserve lineman. He was expected to see more significant time this year, and Ohio State’s defensive line depth was supposed to be among its strength.