Duke Johnson will likely sit out scrimmage at Ohio State

In addition, the running back corp has been hit hard over the past five days, with the loss of Duke Johnson (hamstring), Terrance West (calf), rookie Luke Lundy (concussion) and fullback Malcolm Johnson (shoulder). Glenn Winston is also idle with a knee injury and will likely sit out the scrimmage. 

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Pettine expressed frustration Tuesday over the loss of Johnson, his valuable rookie back, during "this formative time of camp.''

The backfield is so decimated that two defensive players, lineman Dylan Wynn and linebacker Scott Solomon, served as fullbacks Wednesday in goal-line drills.

"I know it's a part of camp, but (nagging injuries are) something we try to prevent,'' said Pettine. "We really stress being proactive with it, getting the sleep the hydration, the nutrition. We evaluate how we do things all the time. When that number starts to get above what the norms are, then that's an area for concern and that's something as an organization that we're looking to address.

"Also, a lot of it comes down to the player, as well, just making sure that they're doing the right things. It is a source of frustration when you have limited (players) and when it starts to pile up at a position, and now, you have a ripple effect... sometimes the consequences of it are frustrating."

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