Braxton Miller‘s road to recovery appears to have a semi-official start date.
Citing a source close to the Ohio State quarterback, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Miller is tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery next Tuesday. The procedure will be performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
Initial reports had the injury labeled as a dislocated shoulder, which later morphed into a torn labrum. Instead, the Dispatch reports, Miller suffered a partially torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder.
The injury, similar to the one he suffered during the Orange Bowl and for which he underwent February surgery, occurred during practice Monday as Miller was making a short throw to the sidelines. There was no contact on the play.
Head coach Urban Meyer said earlier in the week that a timeline for a return would be 9-12 months, which means Miller could return as early as summer workouts in 2015 or as late as the end of summer camp. Or, obviously, somewhere in between.
In a statement confirming his injury, Miller stated his intentions are to return to Ohio State next season and play for the Buckeyes.
With Miller out for the season, the Buckeyes are expected to turn to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett under center. At the very least, Barrett will get the start in the opener against Navy, although backup Cardale Jones is expected to see some action as well.