Braxton Miller Injury: Star QB's Health Great News for Buckeyes

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 20, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20: Devin Smith #15 and Jake Stoneburner #11, check on Braxton Miller #5, all of the Ohio State Buckeyes, after Miller was injured while running the ball during the fourth quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers on October 20, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Miller did not return to the game.(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Braxton Miller was carted off the field with an apparent injury during Ohio State's Saturday showdown with Purdue but has since been released from the hospital in good health, which is great news for the Buckeyes.

After being hit from behind and landing on both his shoulder and head, Miller spent minutes laying down on the field. In that short time, Buckeyes fans no doubt feared the worst, and it looked like Miller might have suffered a concussion.

But according to Austin Ward of ESPN.com, Miller was thoroughly tested and later released from the hospital with what looks like a clean bill of health.

Braxton Miller passed all concussion tests, shoulders, neck and head, and he is set to be released from the hospital.

— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) October 20, 2012

OSU spokesman: Braxton Miller has officially left the hospital.

— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) October 20, 2012

Without its star quarterback, Ohio State's perfect season looked to be doomed. The Buckeyes are currently enjoying an 8-0 start to the 2012 season with a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions next on the docket.

Miller is incredibly important to this team as evidenced by the Heisman Trophy considerations that are currently following him around. The Buckeyes offense revolves around their quarterback, and the numbers clearly prove it.

Not only does Miller lead the team with 1,384 yards through the air and 11 touchdowns, but he is also the team's top runner as well. Miller has accumulated 959 yards on 141 carries with 10 touchdowns, all team highs.

His incredible versatility no doubt opens things up for his teammates as opposing defenses have to make the dual-threat quarterback the focus of their game plan every weekend.

Backup Kenny Guiton did a tremendous job for the Buckeyes in Miller's absence, helping his team win the game against the Boilermakers. Guiton was 6-of-11 with 77 yards through the air with a touchdown, but he also threw a pick.

Guiton made it look relatively easy, but it was against Purdue's defense which isn't exactly feared around the nation. It's likely Guiton would have far more trouble against a better defense in Penn State next week.

Miller, on the other hand, gives Ohio State a better chance to win with his superior skill against some of the better teams in the nation. Thanks to his good health, the Buckeyes still have a great shot to finish the season undefeated.