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Braxton Miller Injury: Updates on Ohio State Buckeyes QB's Head

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20: Devin Smith #15 and Jake Stoneburner #11, check on Braxton Miller #5, all of the Ohio State Buckeyes, after Miller was injured while running the ball during the fourth quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers on October 20, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Miller did not return to the game.(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2012

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's head slammed off of the turf in his team's game against Purdue, and the quarterback was carted off the field. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 6:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The news continues to get better for Miller and the Buckeyes. According to Buckeye Sports Bulletin writer Jeff Svoboda, it looks like Miller will play on Saturday in Happy Valley:

Urban Meyer just said Braxton Miller went through two full go practices and he sees no reason he would be limited at Penn State

— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) October 24, 2012

---END OF UPDATE---

 

UPDATE: Monday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Buckeyes fans as head coach Urban Meyer expects his star QB to return to practice on Tuesday, according to Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises

Urban Meyer says Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is very sore, sore neck, expects him to practice tomorrow.

— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) October 22, 2012

---END OF UPDATE---

UPDATE: Saturday, October 20 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN.com reporter Austin Ward, Miller is doing much better:

According to OSU, Braxton Miller is symptom-free and set to be released from the hospital.

— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) October 20, 2012

 

---End of Update---

 

UPDATE: Saturday, October 20 at 5:16 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Brandon Castel, a reporter for The-Ozone.net, brings potentially good news via FOX analyst and former Buckeye Eddie George:

Eddie George on FOX said his sources at OSU told him a CAT scan was negative on Braxton Miller, getting a MRI now.

— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) October 20, 2012

 

---End of Update---

 

UPDATE: Saturday, October 20 at 4:49 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Mark Jaworski, sports editor of The Journal Gazette, brings news from Urban Meyer concerning Miller's injury:

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on QB Braxton Miller's injury: “I think it's (his) head and that concerns all of us,” he said.

— Mark Jaworski (@jawsfort) October 20, 2012

The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, added this:

QB's coach Tom Hermann said he called Braxton Miller's dad after game, tests are still being performed, no word on extent of the injury

— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) October 20, 2012

 

---End of Update---

 

The Twitter account for ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett passed along this update:

Braxton Miller leaving on a cart. Looks to be in a whole lot of pain. Ohio State's worst nightmare. #PURvsOSU

— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) October 20, 2012

They are not speaking out of line with the "worst nightmare" bit.

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports passed along this troubling bit of news, which was addressed on the TV broadcast of the game:

ESPN reporting that Braxton Miller is being taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 20, 2012

Obviously, the first concern is on Miller's condition. Hopefully, these drastic measures were taken more as a precaution than a necessity.

After concerns of health, though, is the reality that the Buckeyes are going to have a hard time coping with his absence.

Junior quarterback Kenny Guiton replaced Miller against Purdue. Entering the game, Guiton has attempted just 12 passes. That's not just for the season, that's for his career.

And Guiton has some huge shoes to fill. 

Miller is not only the Buckeyes' passing leader, but he's also the rushing leader. His 20 combined passing and rushing touchdowns account for well over half of Ohio State's 35 offensive touchdowns for the year. 

Any prolonged absence by Miller will be nearly impossible for Ohio State to overcome. Check back to this page, as we will bring you the latest updates about how long that absence will be. 

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