Six days after having surgery on his injured right knee, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was back in the starting lineup.
Coach Urban Meyer indicated Friday that Barrett was likely to play in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game. But it wasn’t official until Barrett actually took the field with a brace protecting his right knee.
Meyer wanted to make sure the progression stayed on track and how Barrett performed in pregame warmups before giving the go-ahead. When he did, the three-time conference quarterback of the year was back in his familiar spot for the first Ohio State sanp.
“I would say that's not normal,” Meyer said Friday, referring to Barrett’s recovery time. “It takes a rare individual to do that because there is a pain threshold. You also, when you talk about 15 hours a day of treatment which is what he did, that's not normal. I've had other players that had similar things (surgeries) done that take two or three weeks. But he's not normal.”
But the assessments may only be beginning.
Meyer said he plans to monitor Barrett throughout the game to see how mobile he is and wouldn’t hesitate to go with backup Dwayne Haskins if necessary. He also said he may incorporate Haskins into the game plan, with Barrett.