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Trey Sermon injured on opening series of National Championship against Alabama

The starting running back for Ohio State is in the locker room after the opening series.

Trey Sermon of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Update 9:00 p.m. Sermon is out for the game and off to a local medical facility with what appears to be a collarbone injury.

Ohio State running back Trey Sermon has been injured on the opening series of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

He’s already in the locker room with what appears to be a shoulder injury. If Sermon goes down, that’s a big loss for the Buckeyes, who has 963 yards from scrimmage this season after transferring from Oklahoma before the 2020 season.

Sermon is considered one of the better running backs in America, and it’s a bit lucky for Ohio State they got some bodies back before this game. Sermon’s backup Master Teague was questionable for this game, but was deemed available before kickoff. The other backup Miyan Williams apparently did not make the trip to Miami.

Sermon was a huge factor in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson, garnering 193 yards rushing on 31 carries, and 61 yards receiving on four catches as well. His versatility and explosiveness will be tough to replace if he’s unable to return.