Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller is scheduled to practice on Tuesday despite a sore neck, says head coach Urban Meyer. Miller was down on the turf motionless for several minutes after being thrown to the ground by Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Josh Johnson late in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.
Miller was forced to leave the game on a cart and was taken to a local hospital where he received some treatment and was released. A team spokesman said that tests were done on Miller’s head, neck, shoulders and knees, and there were no signs of a concussion or any other serious issue. Meyer stated that the injury was very similar to whiplash, and although a little rattled, Miller should be fine.
The Buckeyes pulled out a wild 29-22 victory in overtime after Kenny Guiton came on in relief for Miller. Guiton rallied Ohio State to a touchdown and a game-tying two point conversion with just three seconds left in regulation. He then went on to lead the Buckeyes down to the 1-yard line, where Carlos Hyde ran it in for the go-ahead score in overtime. From there the Purdue offense stalled and Ohio State improved to 8-0.
Currently Miller is listed as the starter for Ohio State’s game this week against the Penn State Nittany Lions, but the Buckeyes can take some comfort that it looks as though they have a capable backup if needed. Neither team is bowl eligible this season because of sanctions, and both have turned some heads in the conference and throughout the nation because of their strong play.
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