Braxton Miller's Message to Ohio State fans? 'You know I'm fine'

By Patrick Maks on August 18, 2014 at 1:46p

The curious case of Braxton Miller’s surgically-repaired shoulder continued Monday morning, but Ohio State’s most important player has a message for fretting fans.

“You know I'm fine, it's just progression in my shoulder and it's precaution,” the senior quarterback and Heisman hopeful said. “I don't want to overdo it before the first game and I gotta sit out the first game ... it's part of the plan, we talk about it every day.”

Still, it’s a bizarre circumstance to be in considering the Buckeyes are less than two weeks away from their season opener against Navy.

Miller, who had surgery in February, and the coaching staff maintain he’s “100 percent” and that it’s all part of a plan to ease him back into the swing of things after spending spring ball in a sling. 

But with every day that passes, Miller loses precious reps and Ohio State loses precious time to fortify an offense filled with new faces at just about every position. 

“They're missing my voice out there,” Miller said. “They still hear me, but I'm not calling the plays. I'm still out there coaching, leading the guys, but I'm not taking all the reps and throwing.”

Ohio State, though, hasn’t hit the panic button. Not yet. 

“I think the trainers are optimistic and everything is on schedule. Had a little bit of a setback with some additional soreness that we weren't expecting,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said. “I'm not ready to say concerned is the right word." 


  • Miller said he anticipated a slow reintegration: “I knew this was gonna happen because (my shoulder’s) not in shape. I was throwing full-go every other day in the summer. And right now, it's practice every day. I can't throw it every day and just blow it out and be sore for the next two-a-day so we gotta take it slow.”
  • Herman echoed head coach Urban Meyer when he said they’ll know more after Miller throws the ball in Monday afternoon’s practice. “On two-a-days, we give him the morning off throwing and then he throws in the afternoon, so he'll throw this afternoon. Got a lot of reps with the team today this morning because it's kind of a run emphasis in the morning in full pads so we threw him in for all the runs with the number one offense and did a good job with all his reads and getting guys lined up and getting them in the right spot, but we'll know a lot more this afternoon's practice in terms of how the arm's feeling.”  
  • What happens if Ohio State’s worst-case-scenario comes to fruition? What happens if Miller can’t play against the Midshipmen? “At the end of the day, he missed three weeks last year and came back against Wisconsin and one of the best games of his career so I don't anticipate any ill effects from that,” Herman said.
  • Herman said Miller was cleared to throw the football at full-speed in early July. “I think it was like every other day he was out here throwing routes. Full-speed throwing, take a day off, come back out.”

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Toilrt Paper's picture

If Braxton starts missing games forget about the Heisman. 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I'll concede the Heisman if we can still make it to the playoffs.  I'm sure he would tell you the same thing. 


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Barnsey69's picture

You had me at 100%.


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Vinsaniti's picture

Hopefully they mean what they are saying. I trust Urban & Co to be honest about all of this.

D-Day0043's picture

How I wish we still had smooth jazz....

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osugreg04's picture

My feeling after reading this article is the same as when my wife says, "no honey, everything is fine."

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

At least she didn't say "Figure it out".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

I think that is implied.

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daveyt11's picture

I was just telling my nephew who had a disagreement with his GF, he said, she said "everythings fine"

I told him believe me ...when a woman says everything is is far from fine LOL

My apologies to all the ladies out there.


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irishfury's picture

LOL oh to be young a naive.  

Good on you for teaching him.  I always teach the young men that woman expect an emotional based conversation.  When I ask you Daveyt11 how your day was and you say good/great etc.  I know exactly what you mean.  Your day was pretty good and everything it entails.  When a woman ask how your day was they want an emotional response.  Example "Today was a good day because the sun was out after days of rain and it made me smile.  The Buckeyes got a 5 star recruit and I love the buckeyes.  So hunny thats why my day was good.

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1MechEng's picture

“I think the trainers are optimistic and everything is on schedule. Had a little bit of a setback with some additional soreness that we weren't expecting,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said. “I'm not ready to say concerned is the right word.

This statement is a direct contradiction that he is/has been at 100%. A "setback" indicates that he is off his original recovery schedule. Did he try to come back too fast earlier in the summer?

The staff and Miller are saying all of the right things, but I'm not sure all is well ... Really hope I'm wrong about this.

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southbuc's picture

Healthy and uninjured is different from "game ready".  His arm is healthy but out of shape is how I read it...

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

In Urban we trust 


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TheShookster's picture

If he says he's fine then I believe it. Hopefully they can beat Navy even without a 100% Miller. With all the talent on offense hopefully Miller can just make smart decisions, get the ball to his playmakers and get the W's. The Heisman would be nice and he deserves it...but his health and The Chase are more important.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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faux_maestro's picture

Braxton said he was fine at the end of the Orange Bowl and Urban believed him. Problem is that he wasn't fine.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

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nikolajz1's picture

If he was 100% he'd be able to go everyday. The wording makes no sense to me.

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apack614's picture

Not technically, that would be like asking a pitcher to go out and pitch 9 innings everyday. He is saying he is 100% ready to go all out for one game on saturday and then take a week of practice to recover and get ready to go the next saturday.

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

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CC's picture

Your analogy doesn't hold up.  Pitchers cannot throw every day when healthy, QB's can.

If he was 100% he would not have soreness etc.  The wording doesn't make sense to me.

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southbuc's picture

In shape is different from healthy

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CC's picture

I hope that's all it is (not in shape).

I also hope JT is ready to rumble, based on Braxton's history we'll need him at least once this year.

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apack614's picture

No. Noone can go throw like it's gameday everyday.

Although, I guess it doesn't matter now

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

Maestro's picture

I would love to hear what exactly was done to his shoulder.

All indications were that it was "minor outpatient procedure" which leaves a lot to be desired from an informational standpoint.

That was on 2/21/14, which is a cool 26 weeks ago last Friday.  Whether the procedure was to correct an instability issue, to fix a torn rotator cuff, or to do both Braxton should be fully healed from the procedure itself.  That doesn't mean that he is 100% though.  

Depending on the amount of damage that his shoulder has sustained over the years of playing football the procedure may or may not have been able to correct all of his issues.  

With so little information out there we should probably just take him at his word and assume he feels good-to-go.  If he isn't we will find out soon enough.

vacuuming sucks

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rkylet83's picture

I'm sure he'll be fine, but there is something more to this than the staff is letting on.  It sounds like an "overuse" injury that is just nagging at him.  I suspect he'll be sitting down if we're up by 24+ at any point in the game.  Better to be safe than sorry.

buckeyecountry's picture

I am worried. Smokescreen is obvious. When he starts taking hits at game speed he will not last. Opponents will be driving him in the ground. Imagine playing Sparty with a redshirt frosh.

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Myc24's picture

I feel like a limited offensive plan could still lead to a W against the Midshipmen, so I'm not too worried about Brax. I'd rather ease him into the season and have him ready for VT, MSU, and still good to go against TTUN and a potential B1G CG.

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hetuck's picture

Herman has a bit of a quandary. Does he prep Barrett as the back up because his skill set is similar to Braxton or does he put in a package suited to Cardale a la the Oklahoma "Belldozer"? 

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Grey shirt him.  (Yes I'm kidding)

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Bucksfan70's picture

whatever the case is with millers arm, i hope jones comes back and wins the backup job. that arm of his is too big to keep off the field.

they should just line up the fastest 4 receivers and have them outrun the coverage and have him launch one down field a few times every game - desean jackson / randy moss style.

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

What if Barrett passes up Miller on the depth chart?

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Bucksfan70's picture

bwahaha! funny joke...


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TURD_BUCKET's picture

We are not gonna know till game time. Time will tell.

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vball10set's picture

Something's not right here, and it's not just Brax's shoulder...I don't like the where this is heading...just sayin'

Humbuck's picture

It is funny to read that people think we deserve 100% honesty from Miller and Meyer.  Coaches use disinformation and obscure the truth as a competitive advantage.  If Meyer is bluffing it is fine with me, if Miller is 75% it is fine that he is saying he is 100%.  They don't owe fans the truth at the expense of obscuring it from our opponents. 

How does it benefit OSU if Meyer comes out today and says "Braxton will miss the first 4 games" even if it is the god's honest truth? 

Meyer is a tactician.  He has been quietly having a QB competition between Jones and Barrett for the #2 job all spring and summer.  It gets a little press because they are replacing Kenny G as a back up but the distraction to the team and coaches if the media 100% knew this competition was for the starting job for 1 week or 6 would be absurd. 

Meyer would be a fool to reveal the truth if it involved Miller being out for any length of time. 

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SpielmanForPres's picture

Well, at least you still have Braxton's legs. 


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NW Buckeye's picture

Let's ask one of our experts about this:

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Maestro's picture

The offseason, it sucks a**.

vacuuming sucks

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OSUBias's picture

We lose game #2 with either of our backups at the helm, unless they have made a SHIT TON of progress since the sping game.

Meyer, Herman, and Miller can obfuscate and deflect and redirect all they want, but the reality is that even if he is going to play, he's lost the entire offseason of improving timing, touch, and developing a rapport with his WR's. Tough break, hope he isn't seriously hurt for the long term, but either way this is not a great lead in to what is hopefully a run at a championship.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Not the entire offseason, Braxton was throwing to his WR's every other day in the summer.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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fear_the_nut70's picture

I too think this is much ado about nothing.  He is a 3 year starter.  He has used the time reviewing film, and I choose to optimistically see it as an oppurtunity for the back ups to get more reps.  Nothing to see here...

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Hovenaut's picture

Putting my faith in those who know Ohio State football up close and personal better than I ever will. I'm concerned, but I'm going to manage.

Ohio State will still be playing football soon, no matter who is taking the snaps.

There isn't a soul among us who expected to see Kenny Guiton come out and do what he did against Purdue in 2012. I'll note he was a little further along than Barrett/Jones are now, but I never anticipated his heroics.

It's time for players to ready themselves and step up when/if needed. Should Braxton Miller be, and remain, 100% healthy for the duration of this season he still will not be able to carry the team alone.

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Earle's picture

I'm not a bit worried.

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Chark's picture

It's slightly puzzling, all of the doublespeak, but on the bright side, our backups are getting some priceless reps with the first string offense. I'm not worried.

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nikolajz1's picture

Yeah thats the positive. Barrett and Jones will have had this whole past spring and summer throwing 1st team reps which will be great for 2015. 

bucks4nuts's picture

I will wait and see. 

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DCNick's picture

Herman said the Wisconsin game last year was one of his best of the year? Ummm..... no. I've watched that game a couple times and he missed a bunch of throws, including a receiver wide open in the end zone. The first half was not very good. It got better, but there was a lot of rust early on.

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Montana silver bullet's picture

Hold your horses doomsayers, Hove is right again. Brax doesn't play Defense.  We don't need to put up 45 points if we get our beloved Silver Bullets back.  For all we know JT may astound in the game setting, We didn't know the Smooth Jazz man would do what he did until he did it. We haven't had talent all over the field like this since 2006, and that team didn't have this much speed----

Montana Silver Bullet

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nfischer's picture

This is exactly what I was thinking as well.

osu407's picture

If I had to guess (and that is admittedly all that it is) he could then, and can now, throw about once every four or five days which is why he barely practices but could still do stuff like throw during the summer. 

I broke my wrist when I was young and when the cast came off I couldn't believe how shriveled my arm was. This wasn't because the bones or joints were injured or abnormal, it was because the muscles were atrophied from lack of use. Braxton's current situation maybe very similar. 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Ohhhh shit. When someone says they are 100%...........

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there you go :P

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

Young_Turk's picture

coach Tom Herman said. “I'm not ready to say concerned is the right word. Not yet.”

This means Concerned is in the bullpen warming up.


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whiskeyjuice's picture

I just want to add that you would think that Herbie would know something and didn't he just predict Braxton to win the Heisman? I understand Urban being a tactician but would there be any benefit to purposely exaggerate Braxton's shoulder soreness for the upcoming opponents? I mean at the extent that he is missing reps? Just trying to make sense of all this. I'm hoping he is secretly taking reps behind closed doors W/O the media present and then create a "still injured" scenario to trick Navy and VT to blitz him only to get beat by screens for long TD's.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

stupid hotel internet made me double post.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

mkosu73's picture

I'd say the pucker factor has just tightened up a little bit more....


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ktownbuckeye20's picture

Hearing from my buddy that covers the team for osu that he has had a setback. Hopefully its b.s.

countrybuckeye's picture

Just caught the flash report from B/R -- re-injured shoulder.  They couldn't get a confirmation statement from tOSU staff.  

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MiltonBuckeye's picture

Braxton will be hurt no matter what. They know that abs I'm sure have prepared for that. It's just the way things go with Miller

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