Will Nick Bosa Ever Suit Up For Ohio State Again?

Have We Seen The Last Of Nick Bosa At Ohio State?

Will Nick Bosa Ever Suit Up For Ohio State Again?

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Will Nick Bosa Ever Suit Up For Ohio State Again?


Ohio State defensive end and All-American Nick Bosa is out until at least November after surgery to repair a core muscle injury. With that timing, is it the last we’ve seen of him in Scarlet and Gray?


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Nick Bosa is a man-child, and you could easily make the argument that he’s the best player in college football. He’s big, fast and athletic, but more than anything doesn’t know anything but full speed.

Just ask the slew of quarterbacks he’s left in his wake.

But sometimes freak things happen, and that’s exactly what we witnessed when Bosa went down with an injury to his midsection after a pass-rush attempt against TCU in week three.

We know the full extent of that injury now, and it’s not good. It wasn’t just a muscle pull, and more than likely it was a “sports hernia,” though that hasn’t been ultimately confirmed by the coaching staff. What has been reported is that Bosa is out until at least November, and that’s only the first point at which he’ll be re-evaluated by a medical professional.

No matter what the ultimate timeline ends up being, it sounds like Bosa could have a decision to make. The coaches have said all along that they expect him to be back and that he’s said he wants to play again, but you have to wonder once things play out and those concerned for his future get in his ear, it that will remain so.

That’s because Bosa is projected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If he were to suit up one more time for Ohio State as an amateur, he could jeopardize injury again and miss out on tons of money and a jump start to his career on Sundays.

Maybe the NFL scouts and executives will want to see him on the football field again, but there’s always the NFL combine to prove yourself, and if Bosa looks like a Greek God there, then someone’s going to rubber stamp his elite status at the next level.

It’s a fine line to walk isn’t it? You only get to be in college once, and you’ve heard player after player speak on missing the game when it was just that — a game — and not a business. And what about playing in the Michigan game one more time? Anyone that comes to Ohio State looks forward to the environment and pageantry associated with one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.

Then there’s a Big Ten Championship game and potential College Football Playoff still out there as a possibility too. All of those things are extremely enticing, but is it worth the negative side of what could happen?

When defensive line coach Larry Johnson was asked about the potential of Bosa’s return he was non-committal, yet supportive.

“I’m going to listen to the father and the mom,” said Johnson. “I’m going to listen to them. Somewhere we’re going to talk down the road, but right now I’m going to let them make the decision on what they want to do. I’m just an ear listening, giving my opinion, and I’m certainly not going to be the guy to make the decision on what he does in his future, I think that’s up to the family. And we haven’t even talked about that, we haven’t even mentioned anything about Nick Bo, you know when he’s going to play again. We just want him to get healthy, that’s the biggest thing right now.”

And that’s where things are. Clearly No. 97 won’t be back until the weather turns somewhat nasty in the Midwest, but whether that’s with leaves still on the trees or not remains to be seen. And that’s at the earliest, so he could be re-evaluated by the doctor and have to go through more hoops and physical rehab that could keep him out even longer.

One thing’s for certain, nobody with any forward thinking is going to rush things back and be left with the questions of “what if?” and “why?” Especially not his mom and dad, his brother, or Nick himself.

Because of that, don’t be surprised if you see Nick Bosa beating offensive tackles off the line and torpedoing his way to the quarterback again on Sundays rather than Saturdays.

 

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