Ohio State freshman LG Michael Jordan suffered a medial sprain to his right ankle in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson on Saturday night and was replaced by sophomore Demetrius Knox.
The injury puts an added strain on an offensive line that is facing one of the nation’s best defensive lines in the Fiesta Bowl.
ESPN sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi said that Jordan did have X-rays taken but the tests showed nothing broken. Jordan was attended to in the locker room and had his foot re-taped with the hopes of returning to play.
Jordan was hurt after engaging Clemson freshman Dexter Lawrence on a run play on which QB J.T. Barrett gained two yards. It came one play after Ohio State CB Gareon Conley intercepted a Deshaun Watson pass at the Clemson 33-yard line on Clemson’s opening possession of the game. The Buckeyes couldn’t take advantage of the good field position, however, failing to gain a first down before K Tyler Durbin missed a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right.
Reading body language, looks like Michael Jordan has shown the trainer enough to go back in. Just got in stance and fired off on sidelines.
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) January 1, 2017
Jordan has started every game this season and is the first true freshman since Orlando Pace in 1994 to start a season opener on the offensive line for Ohio State.
Knox has not played since Sept. 17 at Oklahoma.