After battling through 11 games and averaging 8.7 points per contest with torn ligaments in his right hand, Ohio State guard CJ Walker is taking some time off, Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann told reporters Thursday.

Walker's absence will begin with the Buckeyes' game at No. 15 Rutgers on Saturday.

"CJ has battled this hand injury since our first preseason scrimmage and as the pain and discomfort has increased, it became clear to him and our medical staff that he needed to rest and rehab in hopes his hand will heal," Holtmann said.

"His leadership and toughness in battling this through 11 games has been really impressive. Obviously he is very important to our team but I'm most disappointed for CJ because I know how much work he put in during the offseason. CJ will closely remain with our team while he rests and rehabs his hand."

Holtmann added that there is no timetable for Walker's return.

"There's no direct timeline on when he will return, it's hard to get specifics on that," he said. "We're going to see how long this healing process -- if it does heal -- and how long in fact that will take for it to heal or get to the point where he's comfortable playing. I hate it for the young man, he's ... in many ways the heart and soul of our team. "

Ohio State is 8-3 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten.

Walker has led the Buckeyes in minutes (31.5) and assists (4.2) per game this season.

--Field Level Media

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