OSU's Bell tears MCL, will miss spring practice

Vonn Bell #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass thrown by Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers in the second quarter during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State safety Vonn Bell, figured to be a potential starter for the Buckeyes, will miss the rest of spring practice after knee surgery.

Bell tore the medial collateral in his knee and is expected to be unable to return to full-speed workouts until May.

A sophomore from Rossville, Ga., Bell had 19 tackles a year ago, including one for minus yardage. He also had an interception.

He was expected to start for the Buckeyes, who graduated their three top safeties from a year ago, Christian Bryant, C.J. Barnett and Corey Brown.