Wells possibly out for third straight week

In the beginning, Ohio State running back Beanie Wells looked like he could play in week two after injuring his toe in the season opener. But Wells was sidelined that week âÄî the common belief was that the Buckeyes were saving him for their next game, against No. 1 University of Southern California. A few days before that game it was announced that the toe was still sore and he wouldnâÄôt be able to play. Hopefully next week, the coaches said. Which brings the Buckeyes to SaturdayâÄôs game against Troy, the final nonconference game of the season . Head coach Jim Tressel announced that Wells is now questionable . He will take part in football-related activities during TuesdayâÄôs practice, and his chances of playing will be largely based on how he reacts to those drills, Tressel said. âÄúHis cutting work and push-off and more football-oriented stuff will begin again today,âÄù Tressel said. âÄúIf he can handle that, we can upgrade him from questionable to probable. If he can’t, we might have to leave him right where he is.âÄù The Buckeyes open their Big Ten schedule at home against Minnesota , and WellsâÄô status will play a big factor in that game. Without its preseason Heisman candidate, Ohio State averaged just 2.1 yards per carry in their 35-3 loss to USC . Also in question for Ohio State is its starting quarterback. Senior Todd Boeckman and freshman Terrelle Pryor split time against USC, and will continue to compete in practice this week, Tressel said. Boeckman got a majority of the snaps against USC, going 14-for-21 for 84 yards, but he threw two interceptions. Pryor was 7-for-9 for 52 yards . âÄúTerrelle has shown he’s got an unusual moxie about him,âÄù Tressel said. âÄúHe didn’t seem to be out of place in that football game [USC]. He seemed to have a good presence about him. The thing Todd will tell you first and foremost is he can’t throw the ball to the other team, especially when the team is as good as USC.âÄù Christensen likely starter Iowa has a quarterback competition of its own. Head coach Kirk Ferentz said junior Jake Christensen , the teamâÄôs starter last season, probably won back his job last week. Christensen led the Hawkeyes on a fourth-quarter touchdown drive as they rallied to beat Iowa State and improve to 3-0 . Christensen lost his job in week one to sophomore Ricky Stanzi , who held down the position until Christensen replaced him at the end of the third quarter. âÄúIf we were playing today, Jake would be our starter, but we’re not playing today,âÄù Ferentz said. âÄúIt’s Tuesday. We’ll see what the week brings.âÄù Injury report âÄ¢ Michigan, coming off a 35-17 loss to unranked Notre Dame , should be helped by the return of offensive linemen Mark Huyge and Mark Ortmann . The Wolverines have a bye week before opening the Big Ten season against No. 8 Wisconsin. âÄúWe need to have those guys healthy to have a viable competition next week,âÄù head coach Rich Rodriguez said. âÄ¢ Illinois receiver Jeff Cumberland , who played against Louisiana Lafayette with an injured toe, should be 100 percent by the time Illinois opens up its Big Ten schedule, head coach Ron Zook said. Safety Donsay Hardeman and offensive lineman Randall Hunt will also be ready, Zook said. Like Wisconsin, the Illini have a bye this week before traveling to Penn State Sept. 27.