Ohio State running back Trey Sermon was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation after being injured on the Buckeyes' opening possession of the College Football Playoff national championship game against Alabama.
After the Buckeyes fed running back Sermon on the first play from scrimmage, the running back headed for the sideline and ultimately off to the Ohio State locker room. ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor said it was a left shoulder injury, and that Sermon could not raise his arm. Taylor later reported that Sermon was ruled out for the game and was being taken to Broward General Hospital for further evaluation.
That's a problem for Ohio State’s offense, which risks becoming more one-dimensional without Sermon, who had come on as the Buckeyes’ top option in the backfield. Between the Big Ten championship game and national semifinal against Clemson, Sermon rushed for 524 yards – a consecutive-game record at Ohio State previously set by Ezekiel Elliott (476) in 2015.
Trey Sermon is headed to the locker room holding his left shoulder. pic.twitter.com/nosPc4WTyn
This was possibly the play that injured Trey Sermon. #NationalChampionshippic.twitter.com/BjJsvs0Z0X
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Sermon has been crucial to Ohio State's offense in the final month of the season, running for a school-record 331 yards and three touchdowns in the Big Ten Championship Game win over Northwestern and gaining 193 yards on the ground with a touchdown against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl CFP semifinal.
Master Teague, who was not available on Jan. 1 against Clemson, is available tonight as the Buckeyes' backup.
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