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OSU WRs Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Julian Fleming Likely to Play vs. Toledo After Injuries

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Ohio State wide receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming are anticipated to play against Toledo on Saturday, per head coach Ryan Day.

“He’s further along than he was at this stage the other day,” Day told reporters regarding Smith-Njigba, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the Sept. 3 season-opening win against Notre Dame.

“We will expect him to play this weekend, we’ll observe how this week goes, but we will only put him in the overall game if we feel 100 percent sure he’s prepared to roll.”

Smith-Njigba didn’t play last Saturday against Arkansas State in a 45-12 win.

Fleming has missed both of Ohio State’s victories after suffering an undisclosed injury late in training camp, per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

However, he’s also expected to go this week in OSU’s home matchup versus the 2-0 Rockets at 7 p.m. in Columbus’ Ohio Stadium.

Smith-Njigba caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns last season. His return is a welcome sight to a team with national championship aspirations. Exactly the same applies to Fleming, a 5-star recruit who 247Sports ranked because the top wideout from the class of 2021. The Pennsylvania native caught 12 passes this past year.

The rest of the OSU wideouts have certainly held down the fort within their absences, however. Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka combined for 11 receptions, 302 yards and four touchdown catches against Arkansas State. Egbuka notably dominated against Notre Dame with nine catches, 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.

Ultimately, Ohio State arguably sports the deepest and best wide receiver room in every of college football, and the ones wideouts are catching passes from the potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in C.J. Stroud.

The No. 3 Buckeyes certainly are a force to be reckoned with, and adding Smith-Njigba and Fleming back to the fold only makes the team stronger since it looks for its first national title because the 2014 season.

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