How Hurt Is Justin Fields? Ohio State Doesn’t Have to Say

Even as betting on sports becomes legal in more states, college teams aren’t required to detail player injuries the same way NFL teams are

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields gets hit by Clemson linebacker James Skalski.

Photo: Butch Dill/Associated Press

香蕉视频苹果下载Quarterback Justin Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season. He threw every one of Ohio State’s passes this season. He led the Buckeyes to the national title game against Alabama that will kick off Monday.

香蕉视频苹果下载One violent moment in last Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinal hangs over Ohio State, however. When a Clemson linebacker led with his helmet while tackling Fields—contorting the quarterback’s midsection into the shape of a parenthesis—the Buckeyes’ hopes for a national title seemed to crash to the turf with him. 

Fields returned to finish the game, grimacing with pain. Ohio State coach Ryan Day said he expects Fields to play in Monday’s championship. But the team hasn’t released any details about the injury, and it may not do so before next week’s game.  

That leaves big questions about the status of the most pivotal player in the game—not just for casual fans, but also for gamblers who lately have become one of sports’ key constituencies. 

College football, where many teams keep injury details secret, contrasts with the NFL, which calls its nine-page injury-reporting policy “a cornerstone of public confidence.” With more states legalizing sports betting, college football’s lack of required injury reporting leaves most everyone in the dark about the health of players.

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