Braxton Miller Injury: Updates on Ohio State Star's Shoulder and Return

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Braxton Miller Injury: Updates on Ohio State Star's Shoulder and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Braxton Miller posted a photo on his Instagram with Dr. James Andrews following his surgery, with the caption "Me & the best to do it , Dr. Andrews after surgery today! So happy this man said everything went well!":

Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Miller's surgery has been scheduled:

Braxton Miller is tentatively scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Tuesday, a source close to the Ohio State quarterback told The Dispatch today.

The injury is to repair a torn labrum. Like the injury sustained in the Orange Bowl, the tear is a partial one, not a complete tear, the source said.

Renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Pensacola, Fla.

Miller had surgery in February, sat out spring practice and was being eased into action during preseason camp. But on Monday, making a routine 7-yard throw, he reinjured the shoulder.

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Urban Meyer spoke about Braxton Miller and his team's reaction following yesterday's news (via TheOZone.net):

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Ohio State Athletics confirms quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season:

 

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel provides more details on the nature of the injury and how the ailment occurred:

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Miller tore the labrum in a non-contact drill at practice on Monday night while attempting to throw a pass seven yards. He had received limited competitive reps in camp -- fewer than 20, the source said -- because the coaching staff wanted to ease him back into play. Miller originally injured the shoulder on the first possession of Ohio State’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Miller missed spring practice after having surgery in February.

Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reports on who will likely perform Miller's surgery:

ESPN's Austin Ward notes that the school has cancelled a scheduled media appearance without providing an update on Miller:

ESPN's Darren Rovell reports that Miller had an insurance policy in case of an injury:

 

Original Text

Ohio State's national title hopes rest on the arm and legs of quarterback Braxton Miller, but his status is up in the air after he reportedly suffered a shoulder injury in practice Monday, according to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch:

Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports describes how the injury occurred, while Patrick Maks of Eleven Warriors provides more information on the type of shoulder injury the star QB endured: 

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports on what's next for Miller: 

Lori Schmidt of 97.1 The Fan said the team was mum about the situation:

Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports provided his initial take on the injury:

Miller is among the most exciting players in college football due largely to his dual-threat nature. He has a penchant for making things happen with his legs when plays break down, but that also inevitably leaves him susceptible to injuries.

That was apparent last season, as Miller missed close to three games with an MCL injury and then later injured his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Miller's injury history prompted the Buckeyes to enter the 2014 season with plans to reduce Miller's designed runs as much as possible in order to lower the risk of him getting hurt again, per Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com.

While Miller was somewhat limited during the offseason after undergoing shoulder surgery, he insisted in late July that he felt good and was ready to return to action in the near future, according to ESPN.com's Austin Ward:

I feel like it's stronger. Man, everything that was damaged in there has been cleaned out. So even if I didn't have that injury, I feel like everything from before that injury has been cleaned out. I barely had any rust when I came back. With my footwork and everything like that, I had been focused on that throughout the spring. That's all I was doing, going back to work on my footwork, breaking down the defenses, and I watched a lot of film to make sure everything's good. Everything is in place. I'm at the end of my recovery, feeling pretty good and ready for camp. I'm ready to go for real.

Miller did heal up in time for the start of the regular season, but there was still reason for concern considering how many ailments he dealt with in 2013. In addition to consciously minimizing Miller's workload in terms of running the ball, though, every indication was that he entered the campaign in peak condition.

Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Miller spent the offseason getting leaner and stronger:

Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer echoed Miller's comments and was extremely complimentary as the season approached, according to ESPN.com's Brian Bennett:

With so many positive reports surrounding Miller, he was viewed as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate in 2014. Despite missing a couple of games in 2013, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native had what was easily the best statistical season of his collegiate career.

He put up well over 3,000 total yards and scored 36 total touchdowns. With even more emphasis being placed on his passing as the 2014 campaign approached, the expectation was that Miller would certainly be in the conversation for college football's most prestigious individual award.

Injuries robbed Miller of that opportunity last year, and the same could potentially happen to him this season. It is difficult to say with any type of certainty how many games Miller might miss, if he misses any at all, but sitting out even one contest could destroy his Heisman hopes.

Also, the Buckeyes no longer have quarterback Kenny Guiton, who filled in admirably for Miller last season and even outperformed him at times. Without a backup of Guiton's ilk in the picture, Ohio State is very much in danger of losing if Miller has to sit.

With the College Football Playoff putting four teams in position to vie for the national championship, there is slightly more room for error than in years past, but a single loss can be devastating and demoralizing nonetheless.

The Ohio State faithful certainly hope to see Miller back on the field during the Buckeyes' opening game at Navy, but it is entirely possible that they will have to find ways to win without their best player.

 

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