Ohio State football took the practice field Friday without one of its most-experienced players.
Robert Landers, a fifth-year defensive tackle from Wayne High School, did not practice and was spotted on the sideline with crutches during the second day of spring ball.
No information about his absence was immediately available, but he had looked full-go during the part of practice Wednesday that was open to the media.
Landers is among nine returning starters on the Ohio State defense.
He has been in the playing rotation for the past three seasons and started nine games last year despite dealing with a back injury.
Landers has 17.5 career tackles for loss.
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Ohio State has no shortage of talented candidates to take his minutes when he is out, but Landers is expected to be among the team leaders this season as one of its most outgoing and effervescent members.