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Ohio State Back Has Knee Surgery

September 17, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State freshman tailback Maurice Clarett had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday but still might play Saturday at Cincinnati.

``We’d know by the end of the day Thursday, I would think,″ Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said.

Clarett was injured in the first quarter against Washington State last Saturday, Tressel said. Despite the injury, Clarett ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Buckeyes beat the Cougars 25-7.

Clarett had an MRI over the weekend and was on crutches following the surgery. He could return to practice by Thursday.

``I’m not a doctor, but the way our physicians explained it to me, we had four or five guys who had it last year,″ Tressel said. ``It could’ve been an old injury that he might’ve gotten further banged on.″

Clarett was the first true freshman to start at tailback for Ohio State in a season opener. He ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-21 victory over Texas Tech on Aug. 24.

Either Lydell Ross or Maurice Hall would start in Clarett’s place.

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