Speculation mounts over Miller’s injury, OSU’s season

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws a pass against Michigan State during the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Despite missing nearly three full games with a sprained knee last season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws a pass against Michigan State during the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Despite missing nearly three full games with a sprained knee last season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio State’s national title hopes may be sacked and the season is still 11 days away. According to multiple outlets, starting quarterback Braxton Miller injured his right shoulder and his season may be over before taking his first snap.

According to reports, Miller was not hit. This was a non-contact injury during passing drills to his throwing shoulder, the same shoulder the Heisman hopeful had worked on during the offseason.

Urban Meyer did not address the injury following practice. You can’t blame him if he was hoping that it was simply a nightmare that he would awaken from.  Not the case.

The day that started with such optimism with the Associated Press ranking the Buckeyes number 5, ended with questions.

Is Miller’s season done?  Will Ohio State redshirt Miller ending his season yet allowing him to come back and play in 2015?  If so, does he even come back for another year?

Is redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett ready to take the starting snaps while staring over the line of scrimmage at Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State who all of a sudden are licking their chops to get after a freshman quarterback instead of chasing after one of the most feared offensive players in the nation?

After being shredded a year ago, has the Buckeye defense matured enough to carry the burden until either Barrett develops or Miller heals?

The silver lining and admittedly this is tough to find given the hopes of this season, is this.  The injury happened August 18.  That is 12 days before their opener at Navy and 47 days before kicking off Big 10 play.

Like I said, a silver lining may be a stretch.  For the Buckeye faithful, it may be O-H-I-Oh no.

2 NEWS Today Anchor John Seibel spent 9 years as an anchor with ESPN before his career eventually brought him home to the Miami Valley.

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