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Football: Smith-Njigba to be a game-time decision among 7 on status report

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Ohio State third year wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) recorded 1606 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games, during his second year campaign. Credit: Zachary Rilley | Photo Editor

Third-year wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be a game-time decision when No. 3 Ohio State kicks off against Arkansas State Saturday.

Smith-Njigba suffered a leg injury against then-No. 5 Notre Dame during the season opener Sept. 3. He was limited in the second half, and head coach Ryan Day said Tuesday the Buckeyes want to make sure Smith-Njigba is close to “100 percent.”

Fellow third-year wide receiver Julian Fleming is also a game-time decision against the Red Wolves. He didn’t play against the Fighting Irish Sept. 3.

Although unlisted ahead of the season opener, graduate wide receiver Kamryn Babb and second-year cornerback Jordan Hancock will miss Saturday’s game against Arkansas State.

Babb had a “setback” during the preseason, and Hancock has reportedly dealt with a leg injury.

The full status report is below:

Game-time decision:

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

WR Julian Fleming

Unavailable:

WR Kamryn Babb

CB Jordan Hancock

CB Lloyd McFarquhar

LB Mitchell Melton

RB Evan Pryor

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