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Braxton Miller injures throwing shoulder, could be out for season

Miller throws in Orange Bowl
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Ohio State Buckeyes national title chances may have taken a huge blow on Monday night. While many football fans in Ohio were concerned about the Cleveland Browns quarterbacking situation, news of Braxton Miller’s shoulder injury hit the airwaves.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Braxton Miller might be out for the season after injuring his throwing shoulder during practice. If Miller is unable to go for the Buckeyes, Ohio State will have to look towards unproven commodities at quarterback.

Braxton Miller is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday and the status of his senior season will be on the line. Miller was one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, and his ability as a duel threat quarterback had the Buckeyes as one of the front runners for the Big 10 title.

Ohio State was also highly regarded as a top contender for the inaugural college football playoff. Now, the Buckeyes’ season is put on hold for the time being. However, by the time they receive the news, Ohio State will move forward with the players they have available.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will be scheduled to start for the Buckeyes once the season opens on Aug. 30 if Miller is done for the season. The demise of Ohio State without Braxton Miller could be greatly exaggerated. Upon the arrival of Urban Meyer in Columbus, the Buckeyes have flourished on the recruiting trail, and it’s likely Barrett is just a name you haven’t heard yet. The unknown factor does not reflect on his ability whatsoever.

The real concern for Braxton Miller is that he had surgery on a partially torn labrum in February. Miller may have a big decision to make in regards to his football future. If he has to sit out for any length of time, there’s a good chance that he’ll come back for a fifth season. Once he became a full time starter, no one would have expected to see Braxton Miller in 2015.

The fingers are crossed in Ohio State awaiting the MRI results.