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Ohio State D-lineman Tommy Schutt could miss six to eight weeks

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Ohio State's defensive line depth took a hit this week
Ohio State's defensive line depth took a hit this week. (USATSI)

There are going to be a lot of new faces on Ohio State's defensive line this season, though one of those new faces will be stuck on the sideline for a while.

Ohio State defensive lineman Tommy Schutt has suffered a broken bone in his foot and he could be out six to eight weeks. Which means Schutt could return as early as mid-October.

Schutt, a four-star member of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class, had been listed as the backup at both nose guard and defensive tackle on the Ohio State depth chart and certainly would have been a part of the Buckeyes rotation. Schutt's injury certainly hurts the Buckeyes' depth at the position, as true freshman Michael Hill now becomes the backup at tackle with redshirt sophomore Chris Carter taking over as the No. 2 nose guard.

Schutt's loss is a blow to an Ohio State defense that returns only one starter from its entire front seven in 2012, linebacker Ryan Shazier. While the current defensive depth chart is loaded with potential -- Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence in particular -- there isn't a lot of experience on the unit as of yet, which could end up derailing Ohio State's title hopes in 2013.

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