— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 19, 2014
According to a report from Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller injured his shoulder and could be lost for the season. The shoulder is the same one he had surgery on in the offseason to address a torn labrum. The injury was a noncontact injury where Miller threw the football and immediately grabbed his shoulder and was taken off the field. The details of the injury have not been released but ESPN is now reporting that Miller is lost for the season a day after May did.
Miller considered declaring for the NFL Draft, but opted to stay to continue to refine his game and hopefully get a shot at the Big Ten Championship and a berth in the new collegiate playoff system. While he could opt to stay another year, taking a medical redshirt, the fact that Miller was considering declaring would suggest he would be more likely to go into the draft this coming year.
As for the Buckeyes, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is the next man up to man the quarterback position and while many in the country are calling the season a bust before it even starts, head coach Urban Meyer has been able to get quarterback to be effective in short order. That does not mean Barrett can give the team what Miller did, but with the talent on Ohio State’s roster, they should be able to be effective enough to still be a contender for the Big Ten conference. Nevertheless, this is devastating news for Braxton Miller and Ohio State.