Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud likely will be used “only in an emergency situation” on Saturday against Akron, head coach Ryan Day announced Thursday. Stroud, who has started the first three games of this season, has been dealing with an unspecified injury to his throwing shoulder.

“We wanted to have some rest going into this week and try to allow him the opportunity to get stronger,” Day said. “We’re taking it day by day. But I think the mindset right now would be to use him in an emergency role only on Saturday. But we’ll see how he’s feeling today.”

Stroud has not thrown a pass this week in practice, according to Day, while Kyle McCord and Jack Miller have split the first-team reps. Day did not totally shut the door on Stroud possibly playing Saturday night against the Zips, but it’s hard to see how he does if he’s yet to practice this week.