Herron, Posey, left tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas, along with Pryor and another player no longer attending Ohio State, were suspended in December for the first five games this fall.
Ohio State confirmed later Monday that Adams and Thomas have been cleared for the game in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday.
All were found to have received cash and free or discounted tattoos from Edward Rife, the subject of a federal drug probe who later entered a guilty plea to money laundering and drug-trafficking charges unrelated to the Ohio State case and is awaiting sentencing.
Herron, Posey, Adams and Thomas were set to rejoin the team this week. The Buckeyes (3-2) are coming off a dismal 10-7 loss to Michigan State last week in their Big Ten opener.
Two players scheduled to start for the depleted Buckeyes in the season-opener against Akron _ tailback Jordan Hall (a high school teammate of Pryor’s in Jeannette, Pa.), and cornerback Travis Howard, along with backup safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown _ were suspended shortly before the opener and sat out two games. The NCAA determined that the players had received $200 in cash for attending a charity event in February near Cleveland.
DiGeronimo helped to run that annual charity event, which Ohio State allowed players to attend in both 2007 and 2010.
Ohio State is awaiting the NCAA’s report of sanctions for the Tressel/tattoo violations. The university has offered penalties including vacating the 2010 season’s 12-1 record, returning bowl payments totaling almost $339,000 from last season, and accepting a two-year NCAA probation.
The NCAA could add to those sanctions, and could tack on penalties based on the subsequent investigation of players taking money at the charity event and being overpaid for their summer work.
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