By Matt McCoy
Early Monday afternoon, Braxton Miller met with the media and said his recovery from last February's shoulder injury was "on schedule." It appears that is no longer true.
Dispatch reporter Tim May was the first to report that Miller's 2014 season could be in jeopardy after he re-injured the shoulder during Monday afternoon's practice. An Ohio State spokesman responded to an e-mail inquiry and said he "can't confirm" the Dispatch story.
WTVN has learned that Miller left the field in pain after throwing a pass. There was no contact that led to the injury. Miller will be re-examined Tuesday morning and will undergo an M.R.I.
Even if the M.R.I reveals no structural damage, it appears highly unlikely that Miller will be ready for the season opener against Navy. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett would be next in line. He just supplanted sophomore Cardale Jones as the number two Buckeye Q.B.
The loss of Miller would obviously be a huge blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. Miller has piled up 8,346 yards from scrimmage in his career and has accounted for 84 touchdowns (52 pass, 32 rush). Jones is the only other Ohio State quarterback who has seen any game action and has accounted for just 128 total yards and one T.D.