Ohio State's dinged-up Weber expected to play at Maryland

Ohio State running back Mike Weber, right, stiff-arms Nebraska linebacker Thomas Connely on his way to scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State tailback Mike Weber sprained his shoulder in Saturday's game against Nebraska but is expected to play when the No. 6 Buckeyes travel to Maryland this week.

Weber, a freshman who has compiled 842 rushing yards this season, left Saturday's blowout in the third quarter favoring his shoulder and didn't return. He's fourth in rushing in the Big Ten, averaging 93.6 yards.

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Weber would have no contact this week in practice but should be fine against the Terrapins.

Weber had 11 carries for 72 yards when he left Saturday's game. Demario McCall spelled Weber and picked up 73 yards on 16 carries in the second half.

Meyer said he hadn't seen the offensive explosion coming against Nebraska, given that the Buckeyes struggled offensively the past few games. He said it was a matter of pushing and cajoling until the young team started clicking again.

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