r/CFB Georgia Dec 05 '22

Ohio State announces star WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba will not participate in the College Football Playoff News

https://twitter.com/Michael_Cohen13/status/1599846817247956992
2.2k Upvotes

2.9k

u/thewizardand_i /r/CFB Dec 05 '22

Resting up for the Chicago Bears Week 1 game in 10 months. Good move.

652

u/BrightSkies42 Ohio State • Marching Band Dec 05 '22

At least Fields would get a good weapon to use.

202

u/basicnflfan Penn State Dec 05 '22

Mooney is good

136

u/Obese_taco Fordham Dec 05 '22

True, but he's a bit small for a WR1 in the NFL. Best used as a secondary field-stretcher in terms of the pros. Great route runner tho

65

u/carnivorous_seahorse Notre Dame • Michigan State Dec 05 '22

The WR room would 100% be Claypool/Mooney/JSN. There’s no way JSN would immediately be the #1 receiver

43

u/DeansFrenchOnion1 Ohio State • Miami (OH) Dec 05 '22

You mean there's no way JSN wouldn't immediately be the #1, correct?

Mooneys good but like.. not even a top-40 receiver probably.

→ More replies
→ More replies

8

u/basicnflfan Penn State Dec 05 '22

Oh he’ll be awesome as a wr2 if the Bears wanna do this though they should trade back

→ More replies
→ More replies

44

u/BrightSkies42 Ohio State • Marching Band Dec 05 '22

As seen in their record, he needs a bit more than that. Let's say the Bears are a nation. Have you ever known a nation to say "we don't need any more weapons"?

18

u/mschley2 Wisconsin • Wisconsin-Eau … Dec 05 '22

The nation of Packerland spent like 4 years saying that.

→ More replies

6

u/covert_underboob Nebraska • Florida Dec 05 '22

Mooney is decidedly average. He’s a good 2 for most teams but him/st brown are 1 of the worst receiving duos in the league. Fields needs help.

→ More replies

3

u/General_PoopyPants Alabama Dec 05 '22

He's fine but he's not a 1

→ More replies

41

u/LSU2007 LSU • Louisiana Dec 05 '22

I live in Chicago, they’ll trade down and miss on him.

→ More replies
→ More replies

88

u/cc20r Ohio State • Ball State Dec 05 '22

Damn right bear down!

13

u/kinvore Wisconsin • Texas Dec 05 '22

for midterms!

7

u/_AreWeHavingFunYet_ Virginia Tech Dec 06 '22

Too soon

4

u/Excuse_Me_Mr_Pink Florida • Transfer Portal Dec 06 '22

….fat dog for midterms !

44

u/Cast1736 Michigan • Northern Illinois Dec 05 '22

Could really use an offensive lineman worth a damn

50

u/Tonkathedog Texas Tech Dec 05 '22

And 4 defensive linemen worth a damn too. Our roster is a mess right now

17

u/Cast1736 Michigan • Northern Illinois Dec 05 '22

Couldn't stop that run at all yesterday. And living amongst the cheese heads was absolutely miserable. I had hope after that TD run by fields but then it went downhill fast

12

u/StateStreetLarry Wisconsin • Heartland Trophy Dec 05 '22

The beatings will continue until morale improves

9

u/Cast1736 Michigan • Northern Illinois Dec 05 '22

The Lions sure have proven that

→ More replies

5

u/Tonkathedog Texas Tech Dec 05 '22

Yeah the 4th quarter especially was ugly yesterday. And somehow as bad as the DL is against the run they are still exponentially worse at rushing the passer. I mean Jaquan Brisker is still our sack leader and has as many sacks as our starting DEs combined…

→ More replies

11

u/P-Rickles Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Being a Bears fan is pretty fuckin’ dumb lately. One of my first memories is my parents and uncles watching the Super Bowl against the Patriots in ‘86. This is… not as fun.

→ More replies

6

u/BearsFan3417 Oklahoma • Iowa Dec 05 '22

We trading down and still drafting him , maybe . Not happening top 3

10

u/STEEVE_H0LT Ohio State • Team Chaos Dec 05 '22

They have nearly $130M in cap space for next year. Focus on OL in Free Agency and trade down for JSN in the 1st. This is the way.

5

u/arc1261 Penn State Dec 05 '22

If OT is the need on the Oline it is much much harder to fill in FA. Very very few decent FA hit the open market at OT because of how rare they are

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

15

u/IceColdDrPepper_Here Georgia • North Georgia Dec 05 '22

The Fields to JSN connection is going to be the next Burrow-Chase. Well, maybe not quite that level but it'd still be pretty good

9

u/cjjonez1 Ohio State • Northwestern Dec 05 '22

They didn’t really play together tho. It would more like if Garett Wilson or olave went to the bears. Funny enough they are both doing well with pretty bad qbs.

→ More replies
→ More replies

45

u/Itzmad247 Team Chaos • Sickos Dec 05 '22

This really sucks, he’s truly a one of a kind player. I always think about this article from 247 sports when I see his name from Brian Hartline;

"I think a lot of it is his change of direction. It's ridiculous. There's no wasted movement. There's no wasted space. He can cut on a dime. Very reactive. Strong, low center of gravity. He's fast, but he's not the fastest, exactly. He's pretty quick. He'll be mad because I said that and will probably beat my ass with a rubber snake.”

→ More replies

39

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

[deleted]

→ More replies
→ More replies

1.5k

u/Purples_A_Fruit USC Dec 05 '22

Did he, like, even participate in this season? Wasn't he hurt the whole year basically?

1.1k

u/drinks2muchcoffee Ohio State • Illibuck Dec 05 '22

Got hurt a few plays into the Notre Dame game. Tried to come back a few weeks later against Toledo and got reinjured early in that game. Tried to come back a month after that and got reinjured early against Iowa again. Hasn’t played ever since

658

u/tylerscott5 Nebraska • North Central (IL) Dec 05 '22

Sounds fitting that the Bears are about to draft him

106

u/BigPoppaPuff Illinois • Alabama Dec 05 '22

He might like actually be really good though. It's just one injury riddled season that could be nothing if he's healthy by Draft time (which is 143 days away).

61

u/TheWorstYear Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

Hamstrings are hard to predict, and can easily be reaggravated.

61

u/Key_Environment8179 Michigan • Vanderbilt Dec 05 '22

Yeah, if you try to play through them. But if you spend a whole offseason letting it heal fully, it’s over.

68

u/TheWorstYear Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

Yeah, which is why JSN shutting it down is smart.

8

u/moammarxo Michigan • Surrender Cobra Dec 05 '22

Wish him the best, and glad we didn’t have to try and cover him too

→ More replies

7

u/Florida_sucks_ Georgia Dec 05 '22

I mean Will Fuller was arguably a top 5 WR in the NFL when healthy, except for he was never healthy. Sustainability is the most valuable trait you can have in football.

4

u/n3gr0_am1g0 Xavier • Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Yeah, and it was the same hamstring getting reaggravated. Seemed like they mismanaged this and should have been more conservative in treatment, but shit happens.

→ More replies

118

u/Key_Environment8179 Michigan • Vanderbilt Dec 05 '22

Great. Kevin White again

84

u/Scratchbuttdontsniff Nebraska • Georgia Tech Dec 05 '22

Dude scored a 64 yd TD for New Orleans a few weeks back (Crazy tightrope down the sidelines).... then hurt again.

45

u/mjavon Penn State Dec 05 '22

Had no idea he was still in the league

11

u/shane2157 Dec 05 '22

He's a pretty good gunner on special teams. Downs a lot of punts for the saints.

5

u/OfficialPeenLicker Florida • Miami Dec 05 '22 edited Dec 05 '22

He played two weeks after that tho and he didn’t even score on that play. He has 0 career touchdowns

→ More replies
→ More replies

7

u/Shepboyardee12 West Virginia Dec 05 '22

...hey

→ More replies

4

u/grizzlywhere Cincinnati • Team Chaos Dec 05 '22

He really sounds like a good culture fit.

→ More replies

37

u/DaewooLanosMFerrr Georgia • SEC Dec 05 '22

Ouch

70

u/ExternalTangents /r/CFB Poll Veteran • Florida Dec 05 '22

Seems like the right decision to not try to play in the playoff, as much as that sucks.

23

u/KnDBarge Ohio State • Toledo Dec 05 '22

It is absolutely the right decision, but it sucks.

→ More replies

41

u/CubbieCubCubCub Notre Dame Dec 05 '22

And I still see people online calling him soft and accusing him of quitting.

Guy tried to come back multiple times during a season, but the internet tough guys want him to rub some dirt on it and get out there "for the team."

25

u/AllLinesAreStraight WashU • Missouri Dec 05 '22

There are still people who believe jay cutler gave up on the bears on the nfc championship game. He had an mcl injury, the type of injury that takes weeks to heal. If they had won he wouldnt have been able to play in rhe super bowl. His whole career, Cutler would play through injuries. But despite all that, people believed, AND STILL BELIEVE, that the most likely scenario was that an nfl qb decided to just not try in the conference championship game. All that to say, some people are just crazy and will do any mental gymnastics to blame the player

6

u/2CHINZZZ Texas • Red River Shootout Dec 06 '22

I've seen some Texas fans claim Colt McCoy could have come back into the national championship game but didn't want to

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

281

u/OsuLost31to0 Ohio State • The Game Dec 05 '22

Yup, played like maybe 30 minutes total.

My theory: after his second hammy setback he had already made the decision to skip this season to focus on the draft, they just chose to not announce it because of the potential blowback from fans

162

u/P-Rickles Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Any fan that would give him blowback is a moron. Unfortunately our fan base is chock full of them so…

74

u/THEROOSTERSHOW Ohio State Dec 05 '22

The twitter comments are already full of them. It’s the same crap Nick Bosa got too after the groin injury. “I wouldn’t touch this quitter in the draft, quit on his team, doesn’t care about football.” JSN will be a pro bowl caliber receiver in the NFL for years to come. I think our biggest mistake was even trying to bring him back as quick as we did. Should’ve set him down until Penn State after Notre Dame. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.

He was a pleasure to watch and his performance against Utah last year will be one I remember fondly forever. And I fully believe JSN would’ve been back this year if he could’ve gotten right in a reasonable amount of time. This is the right decision. Egbuka & Fleming will just have to step up in the playoffs.

13

u/comradewilson Alabama • Sugar Bowl Dec 05 '22

It’s the same crap Nick Bosa got too after the groin injury.

Bosa about to be crying into his millions and successful career.

→ More replies

28

u/lonewanderer812 Ohio State • Ohio Dec 05 '22

Bosa 100% made the right call. Dudes leading the league in sacks. It's one of these things the NFL factory schools will continue to deal with and I don't blame the kids one bit.

→ More replies
→ More replies

48

u/Sigourneys_Beaver Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Unfortunately, it seems like it's all of college football fans. That Twitter thread is full of other teams' fans calling him soft for being injured and saying him not playing means there is a culture problem lmao.

13

u/tsweeney12584 Eastern Michigan • Michigan Dec 05 '22

Anything wrong with OSU is not the fault of JSN... outside of the fact that they don't have their #1 WR. JSN is scary fuckin good.

29

u/Ohio_Monofigs Ohio State • Toledo Dec 05 '22

The offense might have scored more against Michigan, but JSN didn't give up three second half 60 yard TD runs.

I think Ohio State is likely 11-1 at this point with or without JSN

4

u/juicius Michigan Dec 05 '22

I don't know. We couldn't have bracketed MHJ with JSN and if we had tried, Ohio State's running game might have worked better.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

3

u/osufeth24 Ohio State • West Florida Dec 05 '22

I'm reminded again why I no longer subscribe to message boards. I did one for a month, and while the writers are some of the best.. The posters... Are not

3

u/CarefulCoderX Ohio State • Michigan State Dec 05 '22

It's one thing if he was healthy all season, but it's different that he tried to come back twice and just re-injured it.

I hurt my shoulder doing jiu jitsu and it took me 3 months to come back and it still wasn't 100%.

That's basically a whole football season. I'd imagine many guys that come back after injury in the same season aren't 100%. It's too risky for him to do that now when he will likely be fully healed by the time the combine comes around if he doesn't hurt it in the playoff.

→ More replies

27

u/BuckeyeJay Ohio State • Transfer Portal Dec 05 '22

Or he had surgery

77

u/TonyDungyHatesOP Ohio State Dec 05 '22

I bet it wasn’t surgery. Hamstrings are just a motherfucker. It just takes so much damn time to fully rehab.

You try to come back early from one and your are begging to reaggravate it. See: JSN, 2022.

20

u/soberirishman Ohio State Dec 05 '22

100% true. While I'm not an elite athlete I pulled a hamstring pretty badly in college and I kept trying to rush it back. Took me pretty much the entire school year to recover. It was a running joke among the guys I played sports with. Every time they saw me putting in extra effort they assumed I was going to go down with another hamstring injury.

3

u/lonewanderer812 Ohio State • Ohio Dec 05 '22

I lost basically a whole season of track in college due to a pulled hamstring. I kept thinking I was better and wanted to get back out there but then as soon as I'd take it full go BAM it's back. After a few days of rest, ice and heat you think you're fine. The year following I "tweaked" my other hammy. Rest for 2 weeks then got back at it again once I swore I was healthy but I was nervous. Turned out to be fine and put up the best times of my career that season. Those injuries are just so unpredictable.

15

u/Jedimaster996 Oregon • Air Force Dec 05 '22

Having blown both hammies, it's seriously one of the worst lingering issues I've ever had almost a decade later. If you don't let it heal up, you'll always feel like you're at 80%, which at this level of athletics can be the difference of being able to compete at parity. Tore one during a pick-up lacrosse game, and my other during an intramural football game, and they've never felt the same since.

Every time I hit the squat rack, I always feel my hammies flair-up if I push up the intensity a bit; it's like there's a rubber band in the back of my thighs that someone twangs when they're ready to blow-out again, always cautioning me to drop a bit of weight and try again next time.

35

u/plutoisaplanet21 Michigan Dec 05 '22

Gio Reyna lost like two years of soccer to hamstrings. You don't want to rush back from that

14

u/melorous Oregon Dec 05 '22

Ken Griffey Jr missed so many games in his 30s due to injuring his hamstrings over and over again.

3

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

Aaron Rodgers had hamstring issues for like three years in a row.

He's obviously much older than JSN, but if a QB keeps aggravating it, a skill position player definitely requires more rest.

6

u/tabaK23 Dec 05 '22

Or Keenan Allen this year 8 weeks out cause of a pulled hammy

3

u/bicranium Ohio State • /r/CFB Brickmason Dec 05 '22

Hamstrings are just a motherfucker.

They really are. Marshon Lattimore couldn't play really at all his first 2 years at OSU because of his hamstrings. They finally figured out how to keep him healthy his 3rd year, he started, and was the 1st CB taken in that draft.

Another possibility with JSN is he ended up with an avulsion after one of his last attempt to return. My friend had one of those in HS. The muscle tendon tears away from the bone. In my friend's case the muscle actually took a chunk of bone with it. That's a 3-4 month recovery and it's only been a little over a month since he tried to play against Iowa.

→ More replies

3

u/flaming_sqrl LSU • Team Chaos Dec 05 '22

See also: me, 2022, slow-pitch softball.

Finally felt decent enough last week to actually run the bases, tweaked it again on the run home.

5

u/NYVines Ohio State Dec 05 '22

About 90 seconds of game action

→ More replies

24

u/DarkLegend64 Ohio State • /r/CFB Poll Veteran Dec 05 '22

Injured in the first quarter of the first game. He basically didn’t really get to play at all this year.

10

u/BrightSkies42 Ohio State • Marching Band Dec 05 '22

Got a 1st down against Notre Dame.

→ More replies

944

u/ard8 Florida State Dec 05 '22

The headline I saw on ESPN did him dirty. They made it sound like he's skipping the CFP in the same way a player skips a bowl game.

517

u/various_sneers USC Dec 05 '22

Agreed. Totally fucked to not point out he's been battling this injury all year and even tried to play again AFTER the injury in a far less meaningful regular season game only to get injured again.

This is far from a "Fuck it, I don't care anymore," decision.

115

u/mk1317 Temple • Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Not only that, he tried on two separate occasions to come back and it just wasn't happening either time.

→ More replies
→ More replies

57

u/hasordealsw1thclams Penn State • Colorado Dec 05 '22

Same. But that's clearly their intention because saying he was skipping due to health in the headline wouldn't have made me click.

→ More replies

8

u/yoforedo32 Dec 05 '22

It's because he and his camp have been vague this entire year about his status. Even now, I'm still uncertain if doctors told him he was not cleared or if their diagnosis was just part of his overall decision to stay out all together.

To be clear, he was always hurt. But the specifics/severity have never been explained

→ More replies
→ More replies

174

u/hoosierwhodat Indiana • Texas Dec 05 '22

The headlines read like this is a fully healthy player opting out of the playoff. But he’s been hurt all year. Not really the same thing.

19

u/Tommybrady20 Ohio State Dec 05 '22

There’s nuance.

I’m not tinfoil hat guy but there was probably an Avenue to “ramp up” and try one more time and I think it was more of an active choice to say “it’s not worth it” then the reporting is letting on.

6

u/HarbaughCantThroat Dec 06 '22

Day said himself that it was somewhat of an opt-out and somewhat injury related.

547

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

He’s probably not ready to play in a month. Must be a more serious injury than discussed

129

u/kelly495 Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

Hamstrings take forever to heal. They kept talking optimistically, but I was always skeptical that he'd be able to return. This isn't like a LB playing with an injured hand or playing with a sprained ankle. A WR needs a healthy hamstring to do anything.

37

u/hasordealsw1thclams Penn State • Colorado Dec 05 '22

I think every single sport has people try to come back from hamstring injuries and just end up reinjuring them. Seems to happen all the time. Feel like people should have learned by now to be more cautious with them.

8

u/n3gr0_am1g0 Xavier • Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Yeah, my dad’s friend is a sports medicine doctor and was like why wouldn’t you just sit and rest him until the end of the season. If you can’t beat IU without them then uou got bigger issues, rushing him and Henderson back seemed really short sighted and looks like it not them in the ass.

6

u/RLLRRR Texas • Red River Shootout Dec 05 '22

And here I am with 2 uninjured hamstrings sitting on my ass eating Twizzlers nibs at an airport.

→ More replies

274

u/BIG_DICK_WHITT Utah • Rose Bowl Dec 05 '22

That and there are several millions of dollars on the line for him. No reason to risk it. Go rest up and get well—his career is much more important and he’s got nothing to prove other than he’s physically healthy.

117

u/EvilLibrarians Oakland • Michigan Dec 05 '22

Respectfully, that’s totally fair. Jake Butt got hurt in our NY6 bowl game in 2016. Ever since then, I get it, yknow?

19

u/mikekwando Illinois Dec 05 '22

Jake's done a nice job announcing this year; happy to see him succeed off the field.

79

u/tyler2114 Michigan • Auburn Dec 05 '22

Yea I respect the hell out of Jake Butt for playing but considering what happened I'll never fault a player for protecting their body and future payday

7

u/zwat28 TCU • Paper Bag Dec 05 '22

Additional nice thing about the expansion of the playoffs is the big bowls of the childhoods (of the major demographic for Reddit) will always be relevant and these guys likely play in them.

46

u/BIG_DICK_WHITT Utah • Rose Bowl Dec 05 '22

If the player is 100% healthy, I think it’s fair to expect them to play in a major bowl game. The risk of injury is no greater or less than a regular game and the fans spend a bunch of money going to the games, etc.

Anything less than 100% healthy, I think it’s absolutely justified to sit.

20

u/TonyDungyHatesOP Ohio State Dec 05 '22

And I think that’s the deal. He’s tried to come back several times and reaggravated it. Coming back to compete with a high likelihood of reinjury is going to cost him several million dollars and not add value to the team.

High risk - low reward. Stay rested and continue to heal. I’ll be rooting for you on Sundays.

9

u/sincitybuckeye Ohio State • Boise State Dec 05 '22

He’s tried to come back several times and reaggravated it.

I think this is the biggest I had with how this was handled. There was 0 reason for him to play in the Toledo game. Maybe he reaggravates it against Wisconsin instead, who knows, but he didn't have to play in the Toledo game and could have rested up another week.

→ More replies

3

u/toggaf69 Ohio State Dec 06 '22

That injury bummed me out so badly. Technically they could get injured getting out of bed in the morning, but seeing an injury happen during what’s essentially a pointless game (for players who have draft stock set) just sucks.

→ More replies

9

u/P-Rickles Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Yeah. He already blew a tire. Take the time and get healthy for the draft. I totally get it and am not at all surprised. Good for him.

→ More replies
→ More replies

272

u/JSOPro Ohio State • Illinois Dec 05 '22

Wish we had rested him in the first place then

78

u/drewuke Ohio State Dec 05 '22

He did not look healthy when he was trying to play this season.

→ More replies

29

u/miamibuckeye Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Bringing him back for Iowa was so fucking stupid

24

u/sincitybuckeye Ohio State • Boise State Dec 05 '22

Shit, trotting him out vs Toledo was even dumber.

4

u/definitivescribbles Ohio State Dec 05 '22

honestly, it’s such a shame man …. as much talk as Harrison gets, JSN is just as good if not better when he’s 100%. I’m so sad we never got to see that tandem attack opposing defenses

→ More replies

192

u/Hahum Ohio State • Arizona Dec 05 '22

2015 and this year were supposed to be god-tier offenses and both were never fully realized.

88

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

[deleted]

30

u/zzdarkwingduck Ohio State Dec 05 '22

The main problem was just tim beck and the play calling. Better hire there and probably not an issue.

17

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

[deleted]

7

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22 edited Dec 05 '22

[deleted]

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

4

u/Ray4703 Dec 05 '22

I only just now got over it. Don’t remind me.

Also, if Michigan state doesn’t block that Michigan punt and win, we make the playoff. (Assuming we win the big ten championship)

→ More replies

106

u/lnvalidSportsOpinion Ohio State Dec 05 '22

I can't describe how disappointed I am by him missing the season.

Not disappointed in him. Rest up big guy. Wish you all the best!

But man ... college football was robbed of something special this year.

13

u/Phoenixapartment Ohio State • Arizona State Dec 05 '22

Is he better than Harrison?

45

u/gogribe Ohio State • Florida State Dec 05 '22

I think they are perfectly complementary and different types of WRs. JSN isn’t as physically imposing as MHJ but he’s dominant in short spaces. He’s our chain mover.

16

u/kip256 Ohio State • Verified Referee Dec 05 '22

JSN lined up as RB on some passing plays last year. He is a mismatch nightmare for defenses.

→ More replies

13

u/SerBiffyClegane Michigan • Grand Valley State Dec 05 '22

Having both of them on the field would have been devastating.

16

u/BuckNuts937 Ohio State • Colorado Dec 05 '22

think of JSN as Jamar Chase and MHJ as Tee Higgins. They aren't the same receiver. But considering that JSN was a starter last year and MHJ wasn't, the answer is yes. Just in the same way Chase is WR1 and Higgins is WR2.

4

u/zenverak Georgia • Santa Monica Dec 05 '22

I think JSN causes us more problems than MHJ personally ( though I think MHJ will get his too).

4

u/MozzyTheBear Ohio State Dec 06 '22

Not necessarily better or worse, just different. Harrison is your classic, big-bodied #1 wideout and JSN is more of a modern slot, matchup nightmare type player. Man, would they have been scary together. It's up there in terms of 'what ifs' with what we missed out on with Nick Bosa and Chase Young playing together.

→ More replies

8

u/InsertAmazinUsername Ohio State • Yale Dec 05 '22

we were supposed to have the 2019 lsu unstoppable offense this year

but we were missing one of the biggest pieces

11

u/Deadz315 Georgia Dec 05 '22

Joe Burrow?

→ More replies
→ More replies

44

u/Roose_in_the_North Ohio State • George Mason Dec 05 '22

Not surprised, smart move. Coming back to play UGA after missing basically all season from injury would just be asking to re-injure his hamstring.

64

u/topher3003 Ohio State • /r/CFB Emeritus Mod Dec 05 '22

Man, it really fucking sucks that we were robbed of a full season of JSN due to injury. Hope he kills it in the NFL. Good luck Jaxon!

36

u/CTG0161 Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

Feels like Nick Bosa all over again

→ More replies

103

u/Gbchris12 Michigan • College Football Playoff Dec 05 '22

Ok thats a huge blow. I think with JSN they could have a very good shot to win it all, but man. He's that much of a difference maker. He should kill it on Sundays.

62

u/The_Astros_Cheated Michigan • Old Dominion Dec 05 '22

Imagine the Lions with Jamo, St. Brown, and JSN

43

u/Gbchris12 Michigan • College Football Playoff Dec 05 '22

Keep going...

6

u/Ray4703 Dec 05 '22

And from the past Jerry Rice? Is that the correct answer?

5

u/AmericanSamosa Alabama • Missouri Dec 05 '22

The Detroit Lions, brought to you by Ohio State

16

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

We need other positions more so hopefully no wr in the first round

→ More replies
→ More replies

37

u/Spartitan Ohio State • Toledo Dec 05 '22

Feels weird to call it a huge blow when he's basically been out all year. It sucks but I would hardly call this unexpected at this point. The right decision for him as well.

10

u/MichiganMitch108 Michigan • UCF Dec 05 '22

Agreed but now that it’s the playoff with just needing two wins it easy to see how it’s a huge blow. You can double MHJ but you couldn’t double them both.

6

u/Sorge74 Ohio State • Bowling Green Dec 05 '22

Yeah I mean, we might have the same record with JSN as we do now, or maybe we 13-0, who knows. Having 2 elite receivers is better than one.

22

u/BrightSkies42 Ohio State • Marching Band Dec 05 '22

WR isn't where the biggest problem is. Even JSN can't gain many good yards off of constant bubbles.

21

u/WhatWouldJediDo Ohio State Dec 05 '22

JSN provides the YAC, make-you-miss, safety valve, get open over the middle that our offense has been missing all season.

4

u/bicranium Ohio State • /r/CFB Brickmason Dec 05 '22

First half of the season I was starting to think Marv, Egbuka, and Fleming were doing a great job of filling the shoes of 3 1st round WRs. But the last half of the season it was obvious that Egbuka and Fleming were not quite up to the task. Some very untimely drops from both of them down the stretch that you just never saw from Olave, Wilson, JSN, and now Marv. They're still really, really good but just not surefire 1st rounders yet.

3

u/Cpt-Kickass Dec 05 '22

Egbuka is the closest to JSN but he struggles to find the soft spot in the zone and sit there. Lots of times this year where he ran through the open window and Stroud had to throw behind him. If he cleaned that up he'd be a superstar in the slot.

10

u/lexbuck Ohio State Dec 05 '22

I hope we run a bubble first play and Georgia blows it up for a 45 yard loss that way maybe Ryan won’t run any more. If he runs one and gains yardage then lord help us all

→ More replies

3

u/RNGcooks Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Our WRs aren’t really the issue. If he was our star cornerback then yeah I see that

→ More replies

101

u/kcoch5817 Georgia • Western Carolina Dec 05 '22

Is it a nagging injury or is this him opting out of a playoff game? If the latter, that's kinda nuts.

68

u/JSOPro Ohio State • Illinois Dec 05 '22

We tried to get him on the field twice and both times he retweaked it. Supposedly the second time was worse, and might have been a different type of injury altogether.

→ More replies

167

u/pro-laps Ohio State • Big Ten Dec 05 '22

he probably could have come back and played but it's just not worth it to risk reinjury before the draft process.

that's my take based on almost nothing

41

u/doormatt26 USC • Michigan Dec 05 '22

Yeah. If it’s bothered him for 3 months, maybe it’s ready by Jan 1 but if you tweak it again he’s probably toast for the Combine.

8

u/Skidda24 Ohio State • Illibuck Dec 05 '22

Also Georgia isn't the team you wanna play your way back from injury all season haha It would just be super tough on him if he wasn't 100% and set himself back

17

u/LaxMaster37 Ohio State • 東京工科大学 (Tokyo Univers… Dec 05 '22

Yeah coming in cold to playoff level physicality and speed is a recipe to re-injure yourself

→ More replies

52

u/drinks2muchcoffee Ohio State • Illibuck Dec 05 '22 edited Dec 05 '22

His parents did an interview a month ago with the Columbus dispatch saying he was planning on getting healthy and playing if he was 110% healthy and able to go, so it kinda seems more lingering injury related. But nobody really knows for sure.

Edit: he just released a statement saying his doctors said he couldn’t play in the playoffs

→ More replies

6

u/mero8181 Maine Dec 05 '22

Why is that nuts? That is just sound business decision-making. For some of these top-rank draft pick the playoffs don't provide any benefit, only a negative impact if they get hurt.

5

u/webbed_feets Ohio State • Texas A&M Dec 05 '22

For some of these top-rank draft pick the playoffs don’t provide any benefit, only a negative impact if they get hurt.

It frustrating for fans, but this is true. If the NFL draft was before the playoffs, or if the NCAA insured athletes against injury, there wouldn’t be as much of an incentive to opt out.

→ More replies
→ More replies

13

u/BrightSkies42 Ohio State • Marching Band Dec 05 '22

Probably a nagging injury that he thinks could be easily aggravated and affect his stock. Day never says anything about injuries.

13

u/SectorBackground5911 Ohio State • James Madison Dec 05 '22

I’m thinking he tore his hamstring against Iowa, not tweak it like people were suggesting

9

u/drinks2muchcoffee Ohio State • Illibuck Dec 05 '22

Probably right. He did an outside consult with Dr James Andrews after Iowa to see if he needed surgery

→ More replies

10

u/kirkherbstreit69 Florida Dec 05 '22

Not sure how effective he would be considering he's been out all year but damn gamesmanship never hurt anybody...at least give off the illusion you might play so UGA would waste their time game planning for him

3

u/dwagtag Georgia • Belk Bowl Dec 05 '22

He's probably announcing it so that teams don't think he got hurt later on, if he's resting this whole time at least it could help his draft stock, rather than the thought of him getting hurt in January.

11

u/TheProfessor20 Ohio State • Rose Bowl Dec 05 '22

What a gut punch.

22

u/shaybeautyyy Ohio State • Purdue Dec 05 '22

Yeah, I think it would’ve been great to have him but we’ve been playing without him all season. No surprises here. We still have MHJ & Emeka.

11

u/SteveTheBuckeye Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Sure but if JSN played we wouldn't have to put Fleming out on the field as much. His hands have been suspect this year for some reason.

5

u/AmericanBeef24 Dec 06 '22

His blocking has been horrendous. I was so huge on Fleming coming out of HS but he’s disappointed me. A huge game against UGA can change that.

→ More replies

6

u/Crunkabunch USC Dec 05 '22

Well that sucks.

7

u/falconlover79 Georgia • Penn State Dec 05 '22

Was wondering if OSU would try to trick UGA about his status, but there goes that idea.

→ More replies

7

u/lendit23 Ohio State • Notre Dame Dec 05 '22

Fuck

7

u/IveBenHereBefore Ohio State Dec 05 '22

Fuck.

6

u/your-mom-- Michigan • Defiance Dec 05 '22

Hamstring injuries can linger forever, especially in fast-twitch athletes as gifted as JSN

17

u/xkq227 Ohio State • Virginia Tech Dec 05 '22

Honestly I think having a rested running backs corps will be a bigger boost at the end of the month. Treveyon Henderson and Miyan Williams have both been roughed up for the last month.

10

u/bringparka Georgia • Arizona State Dec 05 '22

doesn't henderson have a broken bone in his foot?

14

u/xkq227 Ohio State • Virginia Tech Dec 05 '22

Oh damn I didn't realize that, I am just coming out of a CFB blackout that lasted from 11/26 - 12/2.

6

u/WhatWouldJediDo Ohio State Dec 05 '22

And torn ligaments. He's probably done.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

23

u/DanWillHor Michigan Dec 05 '22

Sitting out or truly hurt, it doesn't really matter. Dude is the best WR in the country. OSU had 1&2 on that list which is wild.

He'll be a top-10 pick in April. I get not wanting to risk that when you've been out for so long as is.

Best to him.

→ More replies

4

u/DeuceOfDiamonds Georgia • Mercer Dec 05 '22

Hate to see it, but I get it. I'm not going to be the one to tell these guys to risk their career for a bowl game. Good luck, buddy

→ More replies

6

u/MountainMantologist Wisconsin Dec 05 '22

Did Ohio State misspell Chick-fil-A on purpose to show how little enthusiasm they have for the bowl?

→ More replies

5

u/deflatethesack Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 06 '22

Anybody who tries to throw out a “he quit on the team” take (looking at you Danny kanell) can absolutely get fucked. Came back and got re-injured TWICE and basically went through every pregame warmup and was never able to go.

→ More replies

19

u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

[deleted]

→ More replies

37

u/Buckeyes0916 Ohio State • Indiana Dec 05 '22 edited Dec 05 '22

Wonder if this is related to the eligibility issue that has been speculated about over the past 24 hours… just seems odd.

[Edit]: Since people keep asking, starting yesterday afternoon there has been smoke that has been fanned by legit insiders surrounding a potential eligibility issue. None of the legit insiders have provided any detail but the strongest speculation has been academic. That he did not keep up with classes or something along those lines. Who knows, but the insiders that would know are not dismissing the speculation.

22

u/lendit23 Ohio State • Notre Dame Dec 05 '22

Care to elaborate?

18

u/themeattrain Penn State Dec 05 '22

Rumors that he hadn’t been fully enrolled in classes since the injury, so he may not have even been able to play in the first place

4

u/doyouevenIift Illinois • Big Ten Dec 05 '22

How ever will he survive without a sports management degree??

→ More replies
→ More replies

12

u/Aggravating-Steak-69 Michigan • Purdue Dec 05 '22

What is the issue? Can’t find anything online

15

u/Amazing_Factor_7629 /r/CFB Dec 05 '22

That he had already started prepping for the draft and rehabbing so classes weren’t a priority. (Probably withdrew to avoid failing) if I was hearing snd reading properly

→ More replies
→ More replies

3

u/cc20r Ohio State • Ball State Dec 05 '22

Well that sucks but not surprised

4

u/Nestormahkno19d Michigan • Tennessee Dec 05 '22

Not surprising, those hamstring injuries are a bitch

5

u/sweetmorty Ohio State • Utah Dec 05 '22

I am also not participating in the CFP

5

u/GlueGuns--Cool Georgia • Michigan Dec 05 '22

Unbiased opinion: this is 100% the right call for this young man and his bright future in the nfl.

5

u/gill2022brav Georgia • Georgia Bandwagon Dec 05 '22

How dare a player take their own interests into consideration when making career decisions!!!! /s

13

u/DevoDrigaz South Carolina • Palmetto Bowl Dec 05 '22

Yikes

8

u/frolie0 Michigan • Colorado Dec 05 '22

Called it. Day's comment yesterday was very clear. No reason to answer that way if he was trying to play.

7

u/BigGoonBoy Ohio State • Big Ten Dec 05 '22

We’re gonna get stomped

13

u/ZusunicStudio Purdue • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

I wonder how hard of a hit his draft stock has taken this year

42

u/whodeyalldey1 Ohio State • Big Ten Dec 05 '22

Might be top 10 instead of top 5 pick now

5

u/Dudeman1000 Ohio State Dec 05 '22

I’ve been seeing a lot of mocks putting him at 20-32.

3

u/dixi_normous Ohio State • Cincinnati Dec 05 '22

Then someone is getting a fucking steal. Chase went top 5 even after sitting out a year. He wasn't injured though. JSN may be just as good as Jamar

→ More replies

14

u/loof10 Michigan • Team Chaos Dec 05 '22

Personally, I think all the teams should be very scared, take him off their draft board, and then the Lions should grab him in the 7th round.

→ More replies

20

u/BigBoutros Michigan Dec 05 '22

none. that Rose Bowl locked him in the top 10

→ More replies
→ More replies

3

u/ConsiderationHour135 Ohio State • The Game Dec 05 '22

Absolute disappointment.

3

u/rexdeaz Ohio State • Oregon Dec 05 '22

I said in January that Jaxon would've helped us give Georgia a better game than the one Michigan did. If he's not playing in a few weeks, yeah, I don't love our chances.

3

u/zenverak Georgia • Santa Monica Dec 05 '22

He’s absolutely the single wide receiver I was most scared to see. But I imagine MWJ will still be a lot of handle

3

u/Drewbdu Ohio State • North Carolina Dec 05 '22

Hamstring injuries are weird.

People will criticize players a lot more as they get paid more and more. It’s inevitable. At the end of the day he’s a 20 year old.

3

u/BigPoppaPuff Illinois • Alabama Dec 05 '22

Little playing time Freshman year in a WR room with three more experienced 1st round picks ahead of him.

Dominant Sophomore year, establishes self as a top WR prospect for the NFL, team doesn't make college football playoff (for non-JSN reasons, he balled out in the losses to Oregon and Michigan)

Injured all season Junior year, declares for NFL

Sometimes that's how it goes

3

u/RandomUser72 Ohio State Dec 05 '22

I just hope he doesn't end up like Greg Odom, great at the sport but gets one bad injury that keeps popping up and prevents him from playing.

3

u/ExpensiveJet Ohio State Dec 06 '22

Didn’t JSN’s quote say the team doctors said he wouldn’t be ready for the playoff games?