In case you weren’t around on Monday, there were some dark clouds hanging over the game of football, and sports in general. Not only is Denver Broncos star Von Miller facing a potential four game suspension, but two key players for the Ohio State Buckeyes found their status with the team in jeopardy.
Running back Carlos Hyde was suspended after an alleged assault against a female this past weekend, while top ranked CB Bradley Roby has had charges filed against him. Monroe County records list Roby as being arrested in the early Sunday morning hours in Bloomington, Ind. He is facing preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury, after reportedly for refusing to leave a bar.
Before being arrested, Roby was considered a top 10 prospect by most draft outlets and was a Thorpe Award finalist last year after leading the nation with 19 broken up passes as a redshirt sophomore.
While Hyde has been suspended indefinitely, certainly the loss of Roby is bigger news for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer doesn’t have to do anything drastic, but he’s under some pressure to set a standard with the Buckeyes after kicking Storm Klein off the team last season.
Hyde was the team’s second leading rusher in 2012 and had 16 rushing touchdowns, and finding a replacement for him shouldn’t be too tough for the talented roster at Ohio State. Despite Hyde’s solid production, they have no shortage of talented runners.
Roby will undoubtedly still be a high pick in the 2014 NFL draft if he comes out, but it is going to be tougher for him to re-claim a spot on the Ohio State roster after having charges filed against him.