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Darius Slade out for season, Malcolm Pridgeon out three months

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Junior college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon (66) blocking with the offensive linemen. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern Photographer

Junior college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon (66) blocking with the offensive linemen. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern Photographer

At Ohio State’s annual media day on Sunday, coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore defensive end Darius Slade ruptured his Achilles in practice and will miss the 2016 season.

Meyer also said that junior college transfer offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will be out three months with a knee injury.

Slade was a member of the 2014 recruiting class who redshirted his first year and then played seven games in 2015 at defensive end.

Pridgeon has junior eligibility after transferring from Nassau community college in New York. He was expected to compete for the right tackle position.

“With that said, the offensive line depth is a concern,” Meyer said. “Defensive line is starting to materialize a bit with depth.”

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