Demetrius Knox out 8 weeks after surgery on broken foot

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State has taken one more hit to its depth coming out of the bye week and heading into Big Ten play.

Backup offensive lineman Demetrius Knox broke his foot in practice and had surgery to repair the injury on Friday. Ohio State confirmed he would be out for eight weeks.

The No. 2 Buckeyes have proved early in the season that their young roster boasts plenty of talent in reserve, but the offensive line is one area where the bench remains something of a question mark for coach Urban Meyer. Knox hasn't been a significant contributor so far in his redshirt sophomore season, but he has seen limited action in all three games this year and was listed as the backup behind Billy Price on Ohio State's most recent depth chart.

Knox is the third player to be ruled out after a bye week for the Buckeyes, joining linebacker Justin Hilliard and wide receiver K.J. Hill on the sidelines for Saturday's conference opener against Rutgers. Hilliard tore a biceps muscle and is out for the season, and Hill will miss about a month after suffering a high-ankle sprain that required surgery.