OSU’s Thompson undergoes ankle surgery

Jayme Thompson at Central Catholic's Gallagher Stadium August, 2012.
Jayme Thompson at Central Catholic's Gallagher Stadium August, 2012.

COLUMBUS — Ohio State freshman safety and Central Catholic graduate Jayme Thompson underwent successful surgery Thursday morning for what has been clarified as a severe high-ankle sprain, a school spokesman told The Blade.

Thompson had screws inserted in his left ankle to stabilize his lower-leg bones, which were loosened by damage to the connecting ligaments. He is expected to miss about three months, though his father, Deon Thompson, said on Thursday that the return date could be sooner.

Thompson suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday.

An all-state member of the Fighting Irish’s state championship team last year, Thompson had impressed during the Buckeyes’ first four practices and appeared a strong candidate to contribute immediately on special teams. He will now likely redshirt this fall and have four years of eligibility remaining.

In other injury news, a team spokesman said starting left guard Andrew Norwell is expected to miss a "couple of days" with a foot sprain.

Norwell was carted off the field during Wednesday’s practice.

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