Ohio State Buckeyes safety Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle in the team’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium on Saturday evening.
Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch reported the news, which game from head coach Urban Meyer after the game:
Urban Meyer just said that Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle tonight.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 29, 2013
This unfortunate development puts a damper on an otherwise huge Big Ten victory for the AP No. 4 Buckeyes. Meyer was upset at the podium and commented on how Bryant feels, as the senior was on his way to get surgery:
Urban Meyer is distraught over the loss of Christian Bryant to a broken ankle. Smacked the podium, harping on how valuable he is.
— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) September 29, 2013
Meyer on Bryant: “Our leader is in an ambulance going to the hospital to have surgery on his leg. He’s devastated.”
— Rob Ogden (@Rob_Ogden) September 29, 2013
Bryant has emerged as a key contributor in the defensive backfield and has grown into a more efficient tackler with better understanding of schematics and improved coverage ability.
Those improvements were implicit in a report after the Buckeyes’ 40-20 season-opening win over Buffalo by Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman.
The ringing endorsement and dejected reaction Meyer had when discussing Bryant’s highlights how vital he is to the Ohio State defense. It also comes at a pivotal time, as the Buckeyes have to turn around…