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Report: no contact preceded Braxton Miller’s dislocated shoulder

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As the whole of college football awaits official word from Ohio State on the extent of Braxton Miller‘s injury, more specifics on what would be a season-killing turn of events continue to trickle out.

According to, the Buckeyes quarterback suffered a dislocation of his right (throwing) shoulder during practice Monday.  It was reported overnight that the senior had reinjured his surgically-repaired shoulder.

Perhaps most disturbing and/or disheartening for the player and football program is that it appears there was no contact that preceded the injury.

An MRI will be performed at some point Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage and just how long Miller will be out.  Jeremy Fowler of tweeted that, per a source, the “team didn’t know if he’d be out a day or a month or what.”

The initial reports had Miller’s entire 2014 season in jeopardy because of the development, although, again, the MRI will determine the timeline for a return. wrote that “[t]he extent of the injury is unknown, but there is a general feeling of unease around the program.”  According to the Columbus Dispatch, “a quick return for Miller is not likely,” with the paper’s sources adding that “Miller could be facing another surgical procedure.”

It appears unlikely, however, that one of the preseason Heisman favorites will be available for the opener against Navy in less than two weeks.

Miller missed two games early last season because of a sprained knee, but the Buckeyes had the veteran and seasoned Kenny Guiton to fill in and continue what was then the nation’s longest winning streak.  This time around, the Buckeyes would turn to J.T. Barrett, recently named as the slight leader in the backup quarterback race, or even Cardale Jones; Barrett has never thrown a pass at the collegiate level, while Jones has thrown just two.

Both Barrett and Jones received extensive work during spring practice as Miller rehabbed the partially torn labrum he suffered in the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and was subsequently repaired in what at the time was described as minor surgery in late February.  That extra work for the two reserves continued into summer camp as Miller had been limited due to what was described as soreness in his shoulder.

UPDATED 8:49 a.m. ET: It appears Ohio State is going into a bunker-down mentality as it attempts to work it’s way through Miller’s injury situation.  From a press release sent out by the footbaqll program just a short time ago:

Interviews scheduled today with Ohio State assistant coaches and some student-athletes have been cancelled. An update on Braxton Miller will be provided once I have enough information to share.

UPDATED 1:22 p.m. ET: While the school has yet to confirm it,‘s Gil Brandt (HERE) and‘s Brett McMurphy (HERE) are reporting that Miller will miss the entire 2014 season. OSU is expected to make an announcement on Miller’s status at some point this afternoon.

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7 Responses to “Report: no contact preceded Braxton Miller’s dislocated shoulder”
  1. bonerchamp says: Aug 19, 2014 8:58 AM

    As much as I can’t stand Urban and OSU, Braxton is a great ball player and deserves better than having his coach run him into the ground. Unfortunately, shoulder injuries never fully heal, especially one to his throwing arm.

    It would be great if he came back for his last Michigan game and beat them again.

  2. chumthumper says: Aug 19, 2014 9:22 AM

    Now I know why I couldn’t sleep last night. Well, it was either “As the whole of college football awaits official word….” or the rigatoni with sausage and peppers.

  3. bralinshan says: Aug 19, 2014 9:27 AM

    I’m not an OSU fan and certainly no fan of Urban Meyer. But, it’s a shame when a good kid with such a bright future gets an injury like this one…

    Let’s hope it’s something that will heal quickly, so that this young guy can get back out on the field for his senior season.

  4. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 19, 2014 9:47 AM

    We are all waiting on the edge of our seats for the update

  5. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Aug 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    It wasn’t Urban who ran him into the ground. It was a Clemson defender in the Orange Bowl. 15 yards, it would seem, was not enough of a penalty in retrospect. Miller is a competitor. Silly to blame Urban when he has been held out of practice all Spring. It’s very likely Miller could have been downplaying his soreness as the opener got closer.

    This is devastating for Braxton. tOSU will be okay-it’s this kid I’m worried about. His entire career could be over. Despite the opinion of the resident Buckeye troll on this thread, Miller would have at least had a shot at the NFL. Miller is a great kid and it’s must be gut wrenching for him and his family.

    The program will recover. Don’t sleep on JT Barrett. 4* from Texas and the 3rd best dual threat qb in his class. Word from practice has been all good since Brax had been held out. Buckeyes are fine. Prayers for Braxton.

  6. seasickcecil says: Aug 19, 2014 1:19 PM

    Braxton Miller to miss season
    Brett McMurphy | August 19, 2014
    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is out for the season after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday’s practice, a source told ESPN.

    Miller had an MRI on his right (throwing) shoulder Tuesday morning, revealing the season-ending injury.

  7. mtheparrothead says: Aug 19, 2014 1:57 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team.

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