The second surgery on the wrist of Ohio State standout running back Ezekiel Elliot went successfully, according Elliott's father.
The wrist injury occurred last summer, when Elliott sustained a broken bone in the joint during preseason workouts. He underwent an initial surgery last summer to install hardware that stabilized his wrist and allowed the rising junior to appear in all 15 games during the Buckeyes' championship season.
According to Elliott's father, playing during the year prevented the wrist from healing properly after the first surgery. On Friday, doctors performed a bone graft and inserted a new pin.
Elliott rushed 273 times for 1,878 and 18 touchdowns for Ohio State, losing just one fumble along the way. He also caught 28 passes for 220 yards.
During Ohio State's three-game run to the first ever College Football Playoff national championship, Elliott carried for 696 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed 36 times for 246 yards in the Buckeyes' national championship game victory over the Oregon Ducks.
Ohio State spring practice will start at the beginning of March. While Elliott's status for those practices has not yet been confirmed, the running back will likely be ready for the start of next season, when Ohio State visits Virginia Tech in a rematch of the Buckeyes' only loss last season.
- Christopher Woody