Tressel expects Moeller to play again

Updated: August 11, 2009, 3:52 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State junior linebacker Tyler Moeller will miss the 2009 season because of a head injury sustained on a family vacation, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday.

Tressel told reporters in Columbus that he originally feared Moeller would not play football again but now expects the junior to rejoin the team sometime in the future.

A source close to the Ohio State program told ESPN.com that Moeller was in Florida with family members when he was punched at a bar/restaurant and fell and hit his head. He was not immediately hospitalized but suffered an apparent seizure last week and was admitted to the hospital for tests.

The source said Moeller's attacker has been identified and likely faces charges.

"From what I gather, Tyler didn't have much to do with what happened," Tressel told reporters. "Would I be privy to talk about the whys and the wherefores? No, because there are extenuating circumstances that are ongoing. Needless to say, it's unfortunate."

Moeller, a projected starter at outside linebacker, was released from OSU Medical Center on Monday and is home in Cincinnati recuperating. A source close to Moeller told ESPN.com the player is doing "extremely well" after undergoing a procedure this weekend to relieve pressure on his brain.

Moeller started the final two regular-season games last season and was expected to replace All-Big Ten selection Marcus Freeman. Moeller had 18 tackles (three for a loss) last season.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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