With Season Opener Looming, Questions Still Linger About Braxton Miller's Health

By Patrick Maks on August 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Just two weeks and a handful of two-a-days separate Ohio State from a season swathed in Big Ten and national championship hopes. Questions, though, still linger about the health of its best player. 

Braxton Miller, who had shoulder surgery in February, remains limited in practice and, yes, that seems cause for concern with the team’s season opener looming against Navy.

Coach Urban Meyer said the senior quarterback and Heisman hopeful will be ready. 

“I’ve known Braxton for three years and it’s almost like looking at your son, you can see in his face if he’s concerned. And he’s not,” Meyer said Saturday. “I trust that he’ll be ready, but I’d like to run the first team out there and go. And we’re not able to do that right now.”

Meyer said Miller participated in Saturday morning’s scrimmage, but “just limited throws is where we’re at right now.”

“We’re expecting him Monday to hopefully take a big step. From what they tell me, he’s right on schedule, you’d like to have him to do a bit more but he did scrimmage today and attitude’s great. He’ll be ready.”

The Buckeyes insist it’s part of a plan to ease Miller back into the swing of things after spending spending spring ball in a sling. Miller, though, has been hampered from throwing the football for most of the team's fall camp. 

“If the game was tomorrow, we'd be very cautious with Braxton," Meyer said last Sunday at the team's annual Media Day. "But we have three weeks."

Ohio State’s now down to two.

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