Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a neck injury that caused him to be briefly hospitalized, but Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer does not believe that Miller will be sidelined for long.
Doug Lesmerises of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported via Twitter that Miller could be back at practice on Tuesday.
Urban Meyer says Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is very sore, sore neck, expects him to practice tomorrow.— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) October 22, 2012
The versatile signal-caller was injured late in the third quarter when he reeled off a 37-yard run but was slammed head-first onto the ground by Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson.
After several scary minutes, Miller was helped over to the sidelines and eventually carted into the locker room. He was then evaluated at a hospital, and ESPN’s Austin Ward reported, “According to the school, Miller was examined for a concussion and passed all tests on his shoulders, head and neck and was released from the hospital Saturday evening.”
Junior Kenny Guiton came in for Miller and threw a two-yard touchdown pass and completed the two-point conversion with three second remaining in the game to force overtime.
In the extra period, Ohio State was able to best the Boilermakers and kept its undefeated season alive with the 29-22 victory.
Miller’s short day was understandably his least productive outing of the season. He posted season-low yardage totals for both passing and rushing, and was held without a touchdown pass for just the second time all year.
Through this point in the season, Miller has been spectacular. He has completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,384 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
But his running ability has been electrifying, and he has gained 959 yards and scored 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per carry. His performance this season has made him one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
He is also the primary reason Ohio State is still undefeated, and despite Guiton’s success in the fourth quarter against Purdue, the Buckeyes need Miller under center to maintain their level of play.
The injury Miller sustained was frightening, and playing this coming Saturday against Penn State seemed out of the question while he was lying on the turf. But he has gone through extensive tests and passed them all.
If Meyer feels comfortable with the Miller on the field, then he must be back with the team as soon as possible.