Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott had wrist surgery

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Ezekiel Elliott is expected to replace Carlos Hyde this season. (USATSI)

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott underwent surgery on his left wrist Saturday, but the good news is that he's not expected to miss much time at all.

According to the school, Elliott suffered the injury during practice on Friday, but he's expected to be back practicing with the team sometime next week. Cleveland.com reports that Elliott suffered a fracture in the wrist and needed to have a pin inserted into it.

Of course, what matters to Ohio State is that Elliott will be back practicing next week, even if contact is limited. Barring an unforeseen setback he won't be missing any game time, as Elliott is expected to take over the starting running back gig vacated by Carlos Hyde who moved on to the NFL following last season.

Elliott didn't see a lot of time on the field during his freshman season in 2013, but when he did get carries, the former five-star recruit was impressive. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry, finishing the year with 262 yards on 30 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 23 yards and another touchdown.

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