Ohio State QB Braxton Miller re-injures shoulder, could be out for the season (UPDATE: He’s reportedly done)


(Associated Press)

UPDATE 1:10 P.M.

Brett McMurphy of ESPN is reporting that Miller will miss the entire season.

ORIGINAL POST

No. 5 Ohio State suffered what could be a calamitous setback to its national championship hopes on Monday, as senior quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right (throwing) shoulder during practice. Miller, seen by many as a Heisman Trophy candidate, could miss the entire season, the Columbus Dispatch reported early Tuesday morning.

The Dispatch, citing sources, reported that Miller suffered the injury while throwing a routine pass and was not hit on the play. The paper said that a quick return for Miller “is not likely” and added that he could be facing surgery.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler, Miller will undergo an MRI exam on his shoulder on Tuesday.

Here’s more on Miller’s injury history from the Dispatch:

Miller, winner of the past two Silver Football awards as the Big Ten MVP as decided by league coaches, missed significant playing time in his first three seasons, including almost three full games last season after suffering a knee sprain. He sat out spring practice after first injuring the shoulder in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, a loss to Clemson.

Miller also was hurt in 2012 against Purdue at Ohio Stadium. He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation while [backup Kenny] Guiton led the comeback and overtime victory over the Boilermakers. Yet Miller returned to practice the next week seemingly none the worse for the wear.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett likely will start if Miller is out for Ohio State’s opener on Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. “Barrett moved ahead of sophomore Cardale Jones last week in the competition to back up Miller, [Coach Urban] Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman said,” the Dispatch reported. Jones saw action in three games last season, attempting only one pass but rushing 17 times for 128 yards and scoring one touchdown.

Miller, who had surgery to repair a partially torn labrum suffered in last season’s Orange Bowl, is just the fourth player in Big Ten history to win two Silver Football awards. He has led Ohio State on six game-winning touchdown drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, which is tied for tops in the nation, and was on pace to become just the ninth player in Division I history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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