According to ESPN, a source close to the Ohio State program released the news that Braxton Miller is out for the season. Miller had an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday morning after injuring the throwing arm during practice.
Ohio State was hoping for the best in regards to Miller playing, but his health is the most important. The Buckeyes were voted the preseason No. 5 team in the AP poll last weekend, however, Ohio State has to replace roughly 90% of their offense from 2013.
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 was thought to be out for the season after injuring his throwing shoulder during practice. If Miller was unable to go for the Buckeyes, Ohio State would have to look towards unproven commodities at quarterback position.
Braxton Miller had his scheduled MRI on Tuesday and the news is not good for the Buckeye faithful. Miller was one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy before his season ending injury. Miller's ability as a duel threat quarterback had the Buckeyes as one of the front runners for the Big 10 title, as well as a national title contender.
Ohio State was highly regarded as a top contender for the inaugural college football playoff in large part due to Braxton Miller. Now, the Buckeyes’ season is put on hold for the time being. However, by the time Ohio State accepts the news, the Buckeyes 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 now that 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. Being an 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. Now that he has to sit out for the year, 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.