Sources: Braxton Miller to Undergo Shoulder Surgery Friday

By Kyle Rowland on February 20, 2014 at 7:27p
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UPDATE 2/21, 5:21 p.m. Ohio State confirmed our report with a quick release on Miller's surgery:

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had minor, outpatient surgery on his right shoulder this morning at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He will be limited in his activities throughout spring drills, which start Tuesday, March 4 and commence with the LiFE Sports Spring Game, Presented by Nationwide, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. 


Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller collected his second consecutive Chicago Tribune Silver Football award Wednesday night. On Friday, he’ll undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder, sources told Eleven Warriors.

The procedure is minor in nature and should not significantly impact his status for spring practice or the 2014 season. Miller injured the shoulder on the fifth play of the Orange Bowl when he was sacked by Vic Beasley. Miller was sacked five times in the game and took several other shots to his body. 

“I think it just affected my running,” Miller said after the Buckeyes’ 40-35 loss to Clemson. “Throwing-wise, it was cool. I don’t know what happened. I landed on my elbow, but it shot right up to my shoulder. It was hurting real bad.”

Dating to high school, Miller’s playing career has been dotted with injuries. He missed all or parts of three games last season with a sprained MCL and was sidelined multiple times his freshman and sophomore seasons with various injuries. None were serious. 

In a December interview with the Tribune, Miller complained about the cumulative effect of taking so many hits, but he then shied away from those comments in subsequent interviews.

During the 2012 season, he had 227 carries. That number dipped to 171 in 2013. Miller gained more than 1,000 yards both years. He enters his senior season in eighth place on the Buckeyes’ all-time passing chart, 2,256 yards behind leader Art Schlichter. 

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pabdublin78's picture

Wow. Hope surgery goes well and he can get back soon!  

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osu07asu10's picture

Now Kenny (Coach Ken) Guiton can seize the starting spot in spring ball...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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buckeye4life050233's picture

crazy that this was kept way under the radar.  most likely won't see him at all in the spring game.  good chance for the 3 younger guys to impress buckeyenation and get us excited for 2015 and beyond after Braxton leaves

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CC's picture

The procedure is minor in nature and should not significantly impact his status for spring practice or the 2014 season.

Did you read the article?

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brandonbauer87's picture

Don't be a dick. Not impacting spring practice and not playing in the spring game aren't the same thing. 

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ab1993's picture

I hate seeing an athlete undergoing surgery. I had neck surgery a few years back and the scapular nerve was cut giving me a winged scapula. Hoping for the best though and a smooth recovery!

Class of '16

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Wow.  I feel for ya, buddy.  A winged scapula...

I wouldn't want a winged anything!

jedkat's picture

especially a helmet.

 

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

gwalther's picture

I'd like you to throw for at least 2,300 yards, Brax.

 

Class of 2008

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MacG91's picture

Itll be interesting to see Barrett and Jones go at it during the spring game. 

Mac..yeah

cinserious's picture

Don't forget Stephen Collier is on campus as an early enrollee and he 'aint come here to sit around...Just sayin'.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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MacG91's picture

Very true sir, but he has a lot of learning to do. 

Mac..yeah

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jbcuky's picture

Keep in mind Cardale also ain't come to play SCHOOL.

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TCOB_6's picture

Never a good thing to hear of a player having to have surgery, no matter how minor, especially a quarterback on his throwing arm. Hope all goes well for him and he has a speedy recovery with minimal side effect. Hopefully our younger guys take full advantage of the extra reps and added attention in practice. Could prove to be very useful for them.

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AngryWoody's picture

As long as the surgeon isn't a M*ch*gan grad he should be fine....

Our Honor Defend!

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buckskin's picture

Booby Miles, is that you? 

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AngryWoody's picture

NVM, googled it.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Want doesn't kill you makes you stronger. 

buckeyedude's picture

Or, it keeps hurting really f^&king bad, never goes away and makes you Grumpy.

 

 

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osu07asu10's picture

Get well Braxton! 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

seafus26's picture

That dang Jack Malone struggled that night.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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CC's picture

There was a lot of talk about how good our o-line was but when it faced serious playmakers on the other side of the ball it failed miserably.  Vic Beasley and Mack made them look bad.  I think the system, and Hyde and Braxton's natural freak ability made the o-line look better than it really was.  People talked about it like it was one of the best in the country, I think reality says it was good to very good o-line not a great o-line.

Mush's picture

Waiting for the "See, Kenny G shoulda been in the last series and we would of beat Clemson" comments

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BuckeyeVet's picture

@Mush - How about " I thought Miller was hurt & it looked like Clemson knew it and was coming after him. And I think it affected some of his throws. Or - I think that Kenny G would have thrown a better ball at that point." Should it be assumed that we would have therefore beaten Clemson? Naw.

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Jugdish's picture

Braxton was obviously injured in that game. He couldn't even lift his arm and yet a pass play was called. Braxton could only lob the ball over the middle. Either a run play should have been called or Kenny should have been put in.

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OSUBias's picture

If you rewatch that play, I think you'll find that if he had lobbed the ball on the last play instead of rifling it as hard as he could, Philly Brown was in the clear for a long gain or TD. He threw it straight into the LB who was dropping. Loft it over his head...6.

Arm strength was not a problem on that throw, nor is it ever with him. The problem is knowing when to put a little touch on the ball and having the ability to do it. He does not have consistently good touch on his throws.

Shitter's full

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Brutus98's picture

Braxton said his pain was 9.5/10. I'm not a huge Kenny G fan but Im pretty sure that Kenny could have done a better job than a 5% Miller.

Buckeye Pride...win OR loose

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sivaDavis's picture

Not a huge Kenny G fan eh?

 

"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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TCOB_6's picture

Nobody can deny that it was pretty amazing what Kenny G did for Ohio State in that game. I'll never forget all the people leaving before the game was over. I was sitting there with my fiancee making fun of them leaving and telling her they'll be sorry they left early. I'll be damned if they weren't when we tied it up and then they were trying to get back in. I hate fair weather fans that only stand behind their team when they're on top.

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CC's picture

The same thing happened to me at a college basketball game.  The guy next to us wanted to leave early to miss the rush.  All he missed was Temple coming back and beating Michigan State while down by 7 with 45 seconds left.

Doc's picture

Good luck Braxton, and God's speed.

"Say my name."

OSUStu's picture

Hopefully he will be a quickly healed buckaroo.

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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Alpo's picture

I will never let Matt Millen off the hook for that obnoxiousness. That said, +1 for you Stu, gave me a chuckle.

Hovenaut's picture

Good luck Brax, heal well.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Alpo's picture

Just wonder why they waited so long to perform the surgery? Maybe they thought it would heal over time rather than opting for surgery? Either way, I'm glad it's not serious and hope Brax heals well. 

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FitzBuck's picture

It really hasn't been that long.  1.5 months to try to rehab is normal.  He must not have responded favorably or fast enough.  I'm sure timelines for camp were in mind.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Ahh Saturday's picture

The old joke is that "minor surgery" is surgery on somebody else.  Good luck to Braxton and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

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PittBuckeye's picture

Scared me when I saw the title.

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I hate to hear this, but it seems like it's not a big deal. Hopefully he can come back and get that elusive title and maybe even a bronze trophy!

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Miller is a tuff kid. He took a pounding in the Orange Bowl and kept getting rite back up. I think that he will have so much more talent at his disposal all around him that he wont have to be the only guy to "have"to make the play. That in itself should keep BM from taking more hits than he should. This O will be much better off if he can distribute the ball to everyone else than if he tries to do it all. Yes Hyde and Miller was a very effective 2 headed monster but with all the talent at WR/Slot/TE/RB Miller shouldn't have to try and do it all. Hope everything goes well and hope for a speedy and complete recovery.

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Also hope he dont use them damn gloves this year! LOL since he started wearing them our passing game went to shit (of course it wasnt all the gloves but why would you have to wear them in Miami????? Its 75º 80º down there ???) But hope all goes well during and after surgery. Get well soon Brax :-) GO BUCKS:-D

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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Youngbuck85's picture

Interesting.... Watched his interview with bucknuts from yesterday at the game and when he was asked if he was healthy after the orange bowl, he kinda stopped himself and replied by saying he's feeling fully healthy and refreshed . You could tell he wasn't quite giving a straight answer. Hope he's doing ok

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GoBucks713's picture

Get well soon brother 

-The Aristocrats!

Seattle Linga's picture

Sounds like it will be really minor however our prayers are out to you leader. 

CPDenn's picture

*Remembers someone on this site ranting about how "selfish" Braxton played in the Orange Bowl* Right.

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countrybuckeye's picture

Braxton will recover fine.  Reading that he 'back-tracked' from the 'I'm taking too many hits' comments shows me his mind is coming around to a more mature level of thinking.  Maybe --- just maybe -- HE will tell Coach Meyer "Call plays to utilize the package on the field, specifically, let me dump the ball off to the 10+ different weapons that are ready to make something happen (besides ME)."

Yes, I realize I have a 'dreamer complex' ...

cinserious's picture

Actually when Braxton scrambles or takes off on a designed run, he protects himself a lot better than he used to. Its when he's in the pocket waiting for a receiver to (never) get open when he's most vulnerable to injury. I don't think we'll have that problem this year.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Ethan's picture

Hoping this isn't indicative of a more serious injury. I attended Texas A&M, and while I was there our stud QB, Jerrod Johnson, underwent what was supposedly a "minor shoulder surgery". Ultimately, he never recovered, and was never the player he was before. 

Here's to hoping that Braxton heals up quickly and without any trouble. Shoulder surgery is never a given with a QB

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IH8UOFM's picture

I was worried about Brax getting hurt in the Spring Game. If he's not a "go" for the first game, I propose we start Cardale and run the triple option against Navy.

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acBuckeye's picture

He didn't look fine, throwing-wise. He underthrew countless balls that game that his receivers had to slow down to catch. Hope he recovers soon though.

TheShookster's picture

I hope that the only surgery we're talking about during the actual season is Braxton performing surgery on the opposing defense.

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Earle's picture

Deep down I know this is Fickell's fault.  I'm not sure how, but I just know that it is.

Italics are for emphasis.

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KCAlum's picture

My first reaction to this is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  My second is, are we sure it is MINOR surgery?  Then my third is, this explains the Orange Bowl loss.  Too bad Urban didn't at least give Kenny G a series or two, I wonder if the pick at UM had anything to do with that decision at all?
 

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ibuck's picture

If UFM /Herman knew Braxton was injured enough to affect his throwing motion, then it was obstinacy that kept Guiton on the sidelines in the Orange Bowl, and perhaps further back, depending on when the injury occurred. If Miller was concealing his injury, that's a shame, and something that should be corrected going forward.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Why wasnt this surgery performed a month ago?

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SilverState's picture

Rehab/phys. therapy possibly?

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Has there been a press release regarding how the surgery went?  Findings/prognosis?

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Jason Priestas's picture

OSU just put out a release. Added to the story.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Thank you, Jason.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”