Last night word broke that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a reinjury to his right shoulder, however the severity was unknown despite fears that it was a season-ending injury. On Tuesday, Ohio State’s worst fears were confirmed as multiple outlets are reporting Miller indeed suffered a season-ending injury to his throwing shoulder.
According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, the injury was confirmed by multiple sources and the school was to release a statement later in the afternoon. That last part is the writing on the wall if we’ve ever seen it.
Miller originally injured the shoulder in a hard-fought loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, but after consulting doctors opted to not have surgery and attempt to fix his injury through extensive rehab. It didn’t work and on Feb. 20 Miller did indeed have surgery.
However, his rehab from that surgery was taking a bit longer than expected and as the season approached it appears Miller upped his timetable on the rehab front. Miller began to go from throwing a tennis ball to more and more throwing of the football.
Yesterday was to be his most extensive work in the pass game since returning to fall camp as anything more than a mental participant. It’s safe to say that it didn’t go exactly as planned.
According to May’s report, “there was no contact involved by the defense. It’s thought he suffered a dislocation of the shoulder.”
Stay tuned for confirmation and words from those involved as they become available.
UPDATE: Ohio State has confirmed the news, and Braxton Miller has confirmed his intention to return to the team in 2015.
Miller, from the statement:
“I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season.”