Ohio State 2020-2022 WR - Jaxon Smith-Njigba ('21 SN All-American second team, '21 Third Team All-B1G)

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    While Day said Monday on Big Ten Network he is hopeful Smith-Njigba will be able to play this Saturday against Arkansas State, he said Tuesday that the Buckeyes will be careful not to rush him back if he is not 100 percent healthy.

    “I leave it up to the doctors and the medical professionals, but yeah, we will not bring him back if there's any risk of him getting hurt further for the future,” Day said. “We'll make sure he's 100% before we put him back in the game.”

    Day said Smith-Njigba will be evaluated over the course of the week and that a decision on whether he will play Saturday won’t be made until later in the week. If the medical staff clears Smith-Njigba to play, though, Day said he will trust the junior receiver to let the coaches know whether he feels he can play up to his full ability or whether it would be best for him to rest.

    “When we have a more experienced guy who's played, you can kind of trust them a little bit to give you some feedback, if it's one of those things we're trying to figure out,” Day said. “But at the end of the day, it comes down to the doctors and the trainers.”

    Realistically, the Buckeyes shouldn’t need Smith-Njigba to have a successful day on offense this week, considering Arkansas State allowed the second-most yards per game of any team in the country last season. Day said the Buckeyes will have to adjust if he can’t play, though, as he described Smith-Njigba as a player who “makes everybody else on the field better.”

    “He’s just such an impact player,” Day said. “As you saw last year, he can turn a five-yard completion into whatever. He’s just so explosive, and because of that, when you have a playmaker like that on the perimeter, it just has such an impact on the entire game schematically across the board. So yeah, I mean, that's just the impact he makes, because he's such a great player.”
     
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    Game time decision.

    Highly unlikely he plays today and I would not play him for a few weeks, keep rehabbing and working in practice.

    Give some of the young pups more reps.
     
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    Good. Absolutely no reason to risk it until he is fully recovered.......

     
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    Ryan Day on Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming: "We just want to make sure they're 100% before starting a game. ... They're getting closer."
     
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    Ryan Day says "we're going to expect (Jaxon Smith-Njigba) to play this weekend," but the team won't risk his health if he's not 100%.
     
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