Braxton Miller is All Smiles After Second Shoulder Surgery Since February

By DJ Byrnes on August 26, 2014 at 12:33p
Braxton Miller post-surgery with surgeon Dr. James Andrews

[@BraxtonMiller92, Instagram]


Braxton Miller had his second shoulder surgery since February today, but being sidelined for the 2014 season won't keep the dynamic Huber Heights product down for long.

The surgery was performed by world renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, and according to Miller's latest Instagram post, everything went well.

Me & the best to do it , Dr. Andrews after surgery today! So happy this man said everything went well!

Braxton Miller, a captain who will travel with the team, already said he'll return for the 2015 campaign.

Best wishes to the standout in his continued rehab, and here's hoping he comes back stronger than ever.


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Oyster's picture

That's the drugs.  I'd know that smile anywhere...

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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WhySoSerious's picture

plus 1. Very true indeed. Get better captain.. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Sadly, I didn't think my first option of a headline, "Braxton Miller is High as Hell Post-Surgery," would have went over well with my bosses.

Also amused by Dr. James Andrews' "R U NOT ENTERTAINED?"  face.

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Chark's picture

For a second, I thought the good Doc was channeling Kerry Coombs - not that there's much difference between the 2 faces...

Speedy recovery!

Alcohol will not solve any of your problems, but then again, neither will milk or water.

D-Day0043's picture

Lol! Yeah, Andrews has that look like - "What? Don't be silly. Of course I got this."

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

Or maybe a ...."Why didn't you guys just come to me in the first place?"

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ibuck's picture

"Why didn't you guys just come to me in the first place?"

^^^ Definitely this.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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THE's picture

LOLz, I came to post that very comment...

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Knarcisi's picture

LOL. As did I. 

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Homey1970's picture

Yeah, in about 12 hours, when that nerve block wears off, he'll be screaming for the Percocet/oxy.  Been there.  Done that.  "Stay ahead of the pain, Brax!"

Come to Colorado and get some dope!

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BUCK-I-FAN's picture

oh man you got that right. i remember when i had my meniscus repaired, that hurt like a mofo after the initial meds wore off. it took like 4 or 5 oxy's to get me feeling no pain again lol

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buckeyefn31's picture

12 hours, my nerve block wore off in four.

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Boxley's picture

I made it about 8 hours post surgery, but there was the whole transporting home and trying to get comfortable thing. However I do pride myself in only taking the pain meds that night and the next morning, then switched to plain old Aleve.

Really afraid of pain med addiction, so I toughed it out. Really bad four or five days of  "no position I can get into  does not hurt". But all gone now so..........

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

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Nappy's picture

Drugs are good, mmmkay

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

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BigDrill's picture

Maybe so, then what's causing Braxton to smile? :)

Homey1970's picture

As a connoisseur of narcotic pain meds, it's probably the drugs "talking."  That !$#@ is good. 

Buckman's picture

"You're high as a f*cking kite!"

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


mphillips87's picture

Best wishes on a speedy recovery.  Looks like Braxton might still be hopped up on some laughing gas in this picture!

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jedkat's picture

I'm glad the sign is there so I know who's who!

Get Well Soon #5 and congrats on the successful surgery!

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"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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LouGroza's picture

Good luck Braxton. Good gracious it pains me to see him in that situation. Been there, done that three times and when the initial meds where off it sucks ass from a pain perspective. Pray it isn't bad for him as some do much better than others. Much depends on the surgeon and Braxton has the best. Peace brother!

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The Rill Dill's picture

The physical condition of the specimen comes into play!

One Bad Buckeye's picture

I've got it in my calendar.  Precisely nine months from now, I'm starting a thread called "Is Braxton Ready Yet?"

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

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osu07asu10's picture

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

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Yenots11's picture

+1 for The League. If you haven't watched this show, what are you doing with your life?

Go Bucks!! 

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam!"

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Vinsaniti's picture

Is it just me or does the Doc look as high as Braxton?

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Oyster's picture

He's nervous.  Equate working on his shoulder to operating on John Gotti's kid.  There is a pucker factor times 10 involved.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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cdub4's picture

As many athletes as Andrews has performed, I doubt he even broke a sweat with a torn labrum. If he could fix Drew Brees, the man has skills. That was an ugly injury.

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logamaniac's picture

you can build a million bridges...

it just takes one mistake to ruin a career so i wouldn't doubt he's nervous every time he does surgery.  plus it tends to make you sharper and more focused in my experience.

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tOSUperiour's picture

True. However, if you can build a bridge in Kansas you're set for life.

We don't give a Da*n for the whole state of *ichigan cause we're from OHIO!

Oyster's picture

I was referring to the pressure due the large number of passionate fans that OSU has.  I can see him having visions of a scene from Young Frankenstein.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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The Rill Dill's picture

If he did break a sweat, he could wipe his brow with disposable $100 bills.

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BCKIIS's picture

Get well Braxton.  If recovery goes as hoped, Buckeyes will certainly have to be a frontrunner for National title in 2015.

OSUStu's picture

Yeah, it will be nice to have back to back championships.  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Oyster's picture

I like the way you think Stu!

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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Killer nuts's picture

Two living legends in one picture

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Barnsey69's picture

Great to see.

And although I understand your hesitancy (DJ) to use the other title, this guy gives it 2 thumbs up...hypothetically of course. 

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

sivaDavis's picture

I know a lot has been said about who starts next season if Braxton comes back. Unless JT has some miraculous 1st season that mirrors or tops Braxton's junior season, I don't understand how anyone could say it'd even be a competition. I honestly think Braxton could have won the Heisman this year with this somewhat inexperienced team, just think what he would have and could do next year. This year I truly think we would have seen distributor Braxton. You gotta remember, most of his runs last year, like 85% were designed QB runs. When he stood back on passing plays he was going through all his progressions, reads, check downs etc. it was Herman/Urban who got comfortable with running Braxton and Hyde. I imagine Braxton would've done damage this year and has the potential to do even more next year with an experienced offensive line, experienced WRs and an aggressive defense in year 2 of the new scheme. 

I hope JT does work this year and I'm confident he will, but that man up in those pictures with Dr. James Andrews is our QB and he deserves his Senior year for sure. Get better 5!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Braxton's biggest challenge will not be beating out JT, it will be beating the timeline of a 9 to 12 month recovery period. It is possible he won't throw a pass before the first game next year.

IGotAWoody's picture

Did you mean a 9 to 12 MONTH recovery?

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

acBuckeye's picture

That's what they said the first time.

Recover well #5.

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CharlotteBuckeye's picture


1. Coach is always right.

2. See rule #1.

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BuckeyeNut2012's picture

Get well soon Miller!

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QBYBuckeye's picture

Successful surgery is just the beginning of the process.  Be patient and Let your body heal itself now. 

New York Buckeye

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stevebelliseeya's picture
The comment that this post addressed has since been deleted so now this doesn't make sense lol. FYI

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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Homey1970's picture

Not very encouraging when you post a dead guy's pic.

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doodah_man's picture

Get well, do dat therapy!

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

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BCKIIS's picture

Siva - agreed.  I don't care if we win the National title this year.  If Miller is healthy, this is his team next year.  There is no discussion.  Will hold every QB record when done @ the shoe if full recovery happens.

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WC Buckeye's picture

There is a meme in that doctor's mug. Help, interwebs, help.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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WC Buckeye's picture
When the interwebs can't help, we help ourselves.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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Dublin68's picture

Get well soon BM

stittracer99's picture

Hope those tendons heal right

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BUCKfutter's picture

funky buttlovin!

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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droessl's picture

Has Dr. Andrews mastered omnipresence? How the hell else does he do (seemingly) 5,000 operations every year!? 

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good to see the smiles (albeit drug influenced) after a successful surgery.  Here's to #5 healing up and coming back to lead the Buckeyes to a triumphant national championship.

Class of 2010.

FROMTHE18's picture

Get well, Captain. 

Catfish Biff's picture

Is there a doctor in the house? I want an opinion about his likelihood of coming back. 11W may need a doctor on staff....

This is not good company. The NFL torn labrum club:

Besides the very old post below from a Chargers website, I found, obviously, Drew Brees (the exception), Mark Sanchez and Blaine Gabbert

Brian Griese (2000) - came back and had a couple more decent years, but was never the same as he was during the 2000 season (19 TD/4 INT in 10 games).

Rich Gannon (2003) - tried coming back, but had to retire in 2004.

Tim Couch (Feb 2004) - tried to make a comeback but didn't play since 2003.

Kelly Holcomb (2004) -was able to return week 10 of 2004

Anthony Wright (May 2004) - missed the entire 2004 season and did not play well in 2005.

Jay Fiedler (2005) - partial tear in week 3, but wasn't able to return last season

Chad Pennington (2004, 2005) - tore rotator cuff as well as his labrum in 2004. Reinjured his arm in 2005 after rushing back 4 months after surgery.

And everyone's favorite:

Ryan Leaf (1999) - how much his torn labrum had to do with his failure is unknown since he was already on his way to self-destructing, but it's certain that he was never able to improve after the injury.

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

FROMTHE18's picture

None of those QBs are even remotely like Braxton. Now is that a good thing? Not sure, but I don't think your comparison is fair. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

It' at least a 9 to 12 month recovery period. Braxton better do it in 9 or finish his Masters in Communications and take over for Mark May.

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Homey1970's picture

Can't count raging, Griese's out.

sivaDavis's picture

Dr. James Andrews does no wrong. And didn't perform on anyone you named after Sanchez. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

Zimmy07's picture

A torn labrum ended the careers of a lot of MLB pitchers but some were able to come through it.

Curt Shilling for one.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

MLB Pitchers put their arms through a lot more continuous stress than a QB.  Still, if any MLB pitcher can do it, then we have reason to hope.

ibuck's picture

Even if Braxton never throws another football, I wish him a speedy end to pain and a worry-free recovery, so that he can lift up his kids—and grandkids—without pain or restricted motion.

If he can play football again, even if not as a QB, is gravy, IMO.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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Hovenaut's picture

Gentlemen, they have rebuilt him.

They had the technology...

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CTBuckeye's picture

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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Vberger's picture

The sporting world will cease operating as we know it as soon as Dr. Andrews retires!  Who's going to do all those surgeries??

ibuck's picture

Apparently he's supervising/training some other surgeons.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

The Rill Dill's picture

Considering the fact that he is 72, I'd say he has BEEN training some others.


I don't care if it's Dr. Andrews who has operated on him.  If his surgery was to repair the labrum, then I am praying that his recovery won't include having to get a manipulation to loosen his arm up after he heals.

Unfortunately, there's no telling how the scar tissues will affect his recovery, but PT can only help so much with range and flexibility - thankfully he is in the hands of some excellent medical staffers, but hoping that he has a Drew Brees-like recovery to save his career.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

bigbluebuckeye's picture

Yeah, in terms of rehab, just as he had the best for the surgery, I'm sure he will have the best when it comes to rehab and therapy.  Plus, we know what OSU strength coaches can do when it comes time for re-strengthening phase.

Best of luck and keep on smiling #5 (high or not)!

Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!

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apack614's picture

Awesome! Good luck #5 get better soon and come kill it 2015!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

M Man's picture

Get well soon.  See you in 2015!

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Homey1970's picture

I'm guessing "see you in 2015" is the last thing a person with that icon wants to be saying to #5.  

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niblick's picture

had surgery on 4-22-14 for torn labrum, torn rotator cuff, a bone spur and a couple other items.  He's in for a lot of vicodin over the next few days.

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Phutatorius's picture
You're sending the Wolf?  Sheeit, Urban.  That's all you had to say!
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Baroclinicity's picture

Heal fast, 5!  Hopefully the recovery will be 100%.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

63tinman's picture

I am nearing my 18th shoulder-related surgery. First 17 in the bag.  I can attest that the size of the ass that is sucked when the nerve block wears off can only be estimated.  Since my third and final total shoulder joint replacement, I can however throw a ball with both accuracy and velocity surpassed only by a third grade girl with a slow eye.  So at least there's that.  Godspeed, Braxton.

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BeatTTUN's picture

TTUN players have to go to Tijuana to get shoulder surgery

Buckeyes go to Dr Andrews

Eat it Blue

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

nikolajz1's picture

Great to see LeBron wishing Xbrax get well

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BUCK-I-FAN's picture
I bet this is what Dr Andrews told Urban....
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grantmeaname's picture

I don't want to totally discount the nerve block theory (goodness those are nice), but this also strikes me as a hallmark of a terrific leader. If I had surgery Buckeye Nation, my teammates, and potential recruits would be about the last thing on my mind - it's terrific that Braxton's taking a bit of time to let us all know he's okay with a good-natured, upbeat update!

Get well soon No. 5!

Jabba1977's picture

Get well soon Braxton,glad to know everything went well!!


chili96's picture

If our worst fears are realized and he can't throw anymore, where should he play when he comes back? WR/H? Kick/ punt returns?

JSTANBUX25's picture

Glad to see Xbrax is upbeat after all he's gone through.  Sure, it's very likely that it's the meds smiling at us, but encouraging nonetheless!

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

JollyFatMan's picture

I really don't want to be a debbie downer, but I don't think Braxton will play football for Ohio State again. I also had a torn labrum.. MUCH worse then Braxton (as in, I could dislocate my shoulder myself). I'm two years deep after the surgery and the shoulder still isn't fully healed. Now, I'm not Braxton and I also don't have those types of doctors available however.. I did have good people work on me and the timeframes, even with proper care, are very lengthy. 

Also.. the more times it happens and/or more work you have done.. the more chances you'll never be able to use it the same again. I'm never allowed to play contact sports for the rest of my life because of the damage to my arm (luckily I ran track), however College and NFL football on his THROWING shoulder? Good luck really but the track record is REALLY bad for things such as this. 

How firm thy friendship..

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CC's picture

Thanks for the insight.  Well kind of...