Injuries Suck, Kurt Benkert and Noah Brown Edition

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There isn’t yet 100 percent confirmation, but the rumor running rampant on social media is Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown sustained an injury in Wednesday’s practice.

Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman reports sources are saying Brown broke his leg.

Reporters on the scene in Columbus shared details of a somber scene as practice concluded, and that media availability had been cancelled. Thus, information is scarce as of this point, but what little is trickling out suggests bad news for Noah Brown.

Noah Brown was roundly praised throughout Buckeyes’ training camp, earning praise from Urban Meyer as one of Ohio State’s “most improved.”

Stay tuned as more develops. Losing Brown would certainly deal a considerable blow to Ohio State’s deep wide receiving corps. Bear in mind that as of this writing, all reports are speculation.

Unfortunately, reports of East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert’s season-ending knee injury are substantiated.

Benkert was named East Carolina’s replacement for three-year starter Shane Carden, one of college football’s most prolific passers each of the last two seasons.

Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill said in a statement via The News & Observer:

“Everyone in college football is affected by injuries and we are no different. “I am disappointed for Kurt because he has worked so hard for this opportunity. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team and we’ll be asking everyone to step up.”

McNeill’s declaration that everyone in college football is affected by injuries resonates. Injuries are simply unavoidable, but that doesn’t change the monumental impact they can have on a team.

East Carolina operates with an uptempo, pass-heavy scheme. Losing Benkert so close to the season opener complicates the process of implementing the scheme — particularly given East Carolina is also operating under a new offensive coordinator.

Dave Nichol replaced Lincoln Riley, who left for Oklahoma in the offseason.

Either Blake Kemp or Cody Keith will run the show for the Pirates.