COLUMBUS, Ohio — A charge that has already been reduced could ultimately be dismissed entirely, but that won’t be enough for Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby to avoid a suspension.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer will sit the star defensive back for the season opener against Buffalo following his arrest last month at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., an incident that initially carried a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery but was lowered to a Class B disorderly conduct on Friday.
Also, running back Rod Smith has been suspended for the Buffalo game because of a violation of team rules last winter.
Leading scorer Carlos Hyde was suspended for the first three games after an alleged assault of a woman in which he did not face charges.
According to The Associated Press, Roby is eligible for pretrial diversion, a program which could erase the charge completely if he’s not arrested in the next year. But even though the case isn’t completely resolved yet, Meyer issued his own verdict after practice on Saturday morning.
“I don’t think it’s done yet,” Meyer said. “The assault or battery, that was the part, there’s a video of it and the story I was told was that there wasn’t [any battery by Roby].
“He’ll be suspended one game just because there was an issue, and I’ll make further determination — I don’t think it’s done.”
Roby is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Aug. 26, the week of the first game of the year at home against Buffalo.
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