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.