Beanie Wells Now Doubtful for USC Game

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As the biggest game in the history of mankind inches closer still, Wells practiced for the first time since his injury against Youngstown State on Wednesday. Unfortunately that practice left him so sore he was unable to practice on Thursday morning. Just a few minutes ago, Jim Tressel pronounced him doubtful for the USC game. That sound you just heard was the entire state of Ohio wailing as one. Tressel's Thursday comments conflict with his Tuesday comments that Wells would play. Is this gamesmanship from Tressel? Per ESPN: "Tressel said team officials would monitor Wells' condition before deciding whether to rule him out for the game in Los Angeles." So nothing has yet been decided. Clearly winning without Wells is the best possible outcome for Ohio State, but isn't losing without Wells available to play the next best option? The Buckeyes will be favored in every game for the remainder of their season. If they run the table and finish 11-1 with one road loss at USC without their star tailback, they'll be in a solid position to once more make the BCS Title Game. And America will still hate them. Buckeyes' Wells now doubtful for Saturday's game [ESPN] Wells back at practice [Buckeye Grove]