Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Monday that he expects quarterback Justin Fields to play in the national title game against Alabama next Monday night.

Fields endured a shot to his side late in the first half against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl yet remained in the game. Thereafter, Fields said he took an injection to have the option to continue playing yet was in agony each time he threw. He said he didn’t have a diagnosis for the specific nature of the injury.

On a Zoom call Monday, Day would not uncover particulars of the injury yet said that Ohio State would practice as it ordinarily does and that Fields is required to play in Miami on Monday night.

“Justin is such a competitive guy, he wasn’t going to come off the field,” Day said. “That’s just the way he’s wired. It was a pretty amazing performance. The next day, his comment to me was he felt better waking up in the morning than he expected. We’ll keep working through the week and have a great week of preparation and get ready to play Monday night.”

Fields threw a Sugar Bowl-record six touchdown passes in the 49-28 success over the Tigers and had 385 yards passing.

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