Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has wrist surgery

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has wrist surgery

Published Aug. 9, 2014 3:44 p.m. ET

Ohio State's projected starting running back Ezekiel Elliott underwent minor surgery on Saturday. Ohio State released the following statement:

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist this morning at the OSU Medical Center East for a minor injury incurred at practice on Friday. Elliott, from St. Louis, Mo., and Burroughs High School, rejoined the team in time for lunch today. He will continue to attend practice and work on conditioning with a full return to the fields expected around the middle of next week.

Elliott is the most-likely suspect to take over for former running back Carlos Hyde. Last season as a freshman, Elliott rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

According to a report from Cleveland.com citing a source “close to the situation,” Elliott had a pin put into his wrist. The source also says he is expected to return to practice on Thursday but he might not face full contact; however, it is anticipated that he will be good to go for the Buckeyes' Aug. 30 opener vs. Navy.