Report: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller's season in doubt after injury

Report: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller's season in doubt after injury
August 18, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Here's a potential Monday-night bombshell.

A report out of Columbus is indicating that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has sustained a significant injury that could put his season in doubt.

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According to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Miller hurt his shoulder during non-contact practice throwing a standard pass.

The news is potentially Earth-shattering for the Buckeyes, the Big Ten and college football in general. Miller has finished in the top 10 in Heisman voting the past two seasons and was expected to be a favorite for the award again this season. He's the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a true dual-threat.

Miller has been banged up with injuries throughout his career at Ohio State, including a shoulder injury suffered during last season's Orange Bowl, the same shoulder he supposedly reinjured Monday. He's been recovering from shoulder surgery all offseason and still hadn't practiced much at full speed fewer than two weeks before the season-opener.

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Miller also missed almost the entirety of three games last season, when the Buckeyes were potentially a win in the Big Ten title game away from an appearance in the national championship game. Miller went down early in the game against San Diego State and missed all of the next two games against California and Florida A&M. Backup Kenny Guiton excelled in those contests. Miller returned to be one of the best players in the conference during Big Ten play.

Miller's loss would be a huge blow to Ohio State, a team expected to be a prime contender for the Big Ten title and the national championship. The senior is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is the favorite to backup Miller this season, and should Miller be lost for the year, Barrett would likely be the Buckeyes' top option under center.