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Report: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has wrist surgery

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Michael Conroy / Associated Press
Ezekiel Elliott was in line to replace last year's starter, Carlos Hyde, in the Buckeyes' backfield.

Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, who had been Ohio State's projected starting running back, reportedly had wrist surgery Saturday.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that Elliott was operated on to repair a fractured wrist suffered Friday during practice.

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The newspaper described the surgery as "minor," said there was a pin inserted and that Elliott would be back at practice Thursday.

Elliott (6-foot-0, 225 pounds), who was a high school sprinter of some renown in Missouri, was first in line at tailback to replace Carlos Hyde, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers.

Senior Rod Smith (6-3, 231), sophomore Bri'onte Dunn (6-0, 216) and true freshman Curtis Samuel (5-11, 190) are likely to split the practice reps that would have gone to Elliott. The Plain-Dealer reported that Smith lined up as the starter during Saturday's practice.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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