Ohio State coach Urban Meyer offers prayers for missing football player

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he’s praying that a missing football player is found soon and safely.

In a Friday statement, Meyer described defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge as a hard worker and an important player in practice. The 6-foot-5 senior joined the football team as a walk-on this season.

The player’s sister says his family reported him missing Wednesday after he left his apartment, then uncharacteristically missed two practices.

Sophia Karageorge tells The Columbus Dispatch her 22-year-old brother was last seen at his apartment at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. She says he has a history of sports-related concussions, and his family was concerned that he might have become disoriented.

The team’s physician said Friday he’s confident in the policies in which athletes are returned to play after injury or illness.

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