Ohio State QB Barrett to start six days after knee surgery

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett underwent minor knee surgery Sunday but plans to play Saturday in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said.

“He’s going to play in the game,” said Meyer.

According to the Ohio State-dedicated website ElevenWarriors.com, Barrett had part of his meniscus removed during the procedure.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said the Buckeyes are “being smart with (practice reps) volume so we make sure he’s there by Saturday.”

Barrett exited Ohio State’s win over Michigan in the third quarter on Saturday. He said his knee “locked up” on him, an issue he has dealt with for much of the 2017 season.

Barrett reaggravated the injury when a camera person bumped his leg on the sideline during pregame last week.

Barrett was warming up behind the team bench before taking the field for Ohio State’s first offensive series when he was bumped and went to the ground.

On Thursday Barrett was recognized as Big Ten quarterback of the year. He’s the first ever three-time winner of the award named after Drew Brees and Bob Griese.

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