Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Hilliard will be out for at least six months to rehab from an injury, Hilliard announced Friday afternoon via an Instagram post:
At this time, it remains unclear as to what precisely occurred to force Hilliard to the sideline for the aforementioned period of time. However, the above photo does show his left arm in a sling, which obviously suggests that it is an injury to his arm, elbow or shoulder.
Ohio State has yet to issue any confirmation or details regarding the injury to the linebacker.
As the team’s backup linebacker, Hilliard has recorded four tackles, all in the team’s 77-10 win in Week ! against Bowling Green. He has appeared primarily as a special teams player on kickoffs and kickoff returns. He missed time in the winter and spring with an injury to his right bicep.
Out of high school, Hilliard was a five-star prospect out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. He was notably regarded as the program’s top overall recruit in the 2015 class as well.
With starting linebacker Dante Booker missing the last two games, the Buckeyes’ depth chart at the linebacker position is beginning to look a bit thin.
Following their Week 3 win over the Oklahoma Sooners, Ohio State enters Week 4 ranked second in both the Coaches and AP Polls. They have an off week in Week 4 before opening Big Ten Conference play against Rutgers on October 1st.
Ohio State entered the season as the favorites to win the Big Ten, but with strong early season showings from Michigan, Michigan Stat, and Wisconsin, their position on top of the conference has become slightly more contested.