When they pass out the yellow "limited participation" jerseys at Ohio State football practice, Andrew Sweat is one of the most reluctant to put it on.
The junior linebacker is five months removed from major knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is being held out of contact this spring.
Well, sort of.
"He thinks he can go, and the other day, he jumped in there and went full-go," co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said yesterday. "Because of history, I'd rather keep him out, but he's doing pretty well."
Sweat played special teams as a true freshman in 2008 and was progressing quickly last year before he was injured. In seven games, Sweat had 15 tackles, including one for loss, plus an interception and a forced fumble.
Fickell said Sweat will likely be given full medical clearance in about a month.