Braxton Miller wanted to go back in the game on Saturday against San Diego State. Coaches and medical personnel evaluated the score and backup quarterback Kenny Guiton's performance and decided to keep Miller on the sideline after he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Braxton Miller wanted to go back in the game on Saturday against San Diego State.
Coaches and medical personnel evaluated the score and backup quarterback Kenny Guiton's performance and decided to keep Miller on the sideline after he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Yesterday, four days before Ohio State heads west to play California in its first road game of the season, it's unclear whether Miller will be ready to play on Saturday.
"Braxton Miller will be a day-to-day decision," coach Urban Meyer said yesterday during his weekly news conference. "I just met with him today. He's feeling much better. (He) was a little stiff. The first 48 hours after that injury is very tough."
Meyer said that defensive end Adolphus Washington, who left the San Diego State game early because of a groin injury, is facing a similar situation.
"Neither one of them has been disqualified for this game, but neither one of them has been cleared to play yet, so I'll keep you posted," he said.
Receiver Corey Brown and tight end Jeff Heuerman saw Miller yesterday morning while the junior quarterback was getting treatment.
Brown said they didn't talk about Miller's status for this week's game, but said he'd be "very surprised" if Miller couldn't play.
"He was in the training room rehabbing, so I expect him to do what a leader does," Brown said. "He'll be in the training room every day, and I think he'll be fine."
Miller missed part of the opener against Buffalo because of leg cramps. He missed time during several games last year but always managed to return, except for the Purdue game when a neck injury sent him to a hospital.
"Braxton is a tough kid," Heuerman said. "If he can play, he'll definitely be out there playing for the team.
"I know our trainers and coaching staff will do everything they can to get him ready. I know how bad he wants to be out there."
Miller's explosiveness as a runner is a big part of his game. That, obviously, would be affected by a knee injury.
"If he's healthy to play and play like Braxton plays - he's not your pocket quarterback; he does a lot of things for us - so those are decisions (to be made)," Meyer said. "But if he's healthy to go, he'll certainly go. We are not saving him or holding back.This will be everything we've got to win this game."
Meyer said that Miller lobbied to return against San Diego State, even though he winced noticeably when a team doctor tested the knee.
"Oh, God, he wanted back in the game, and he feels very strong," Meyer said."He wants to play this weekend."
Meyer said he expects to be able to make a more definitive determination this morning. But with the way Guiton performed on Saturday, there's minimal concern if the senior has to lead the offense again.
"When Kenny goes into the game, there's an extreme amount of confidence by the coaching staff and the players in his ability to execute the plan," said Ed Warinner, OSU's offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator. "You don't feel like all of a sudden half of the game plan page is eliminated because your second-team quarterback goes in.
"We feel like that he's still very capable of executing just about everything on there. And obviously nobody is the same. We are not trying to say they are the same guy. So there are certain plays you might stay away from, but 90 percent of that game plan is still in play when Kenny is in the game."