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Braxton Miller Sore but Expected to Practice
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller was rattled, shaken and pretty sore after his scary collision with the Turf on Saturday against Purdue, but Ohio State’s quarterback is expected to practice this week and play against Penn State on Saturday.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was the at the hospital with Miller when he received a clean bill of health following a eerie moment inside Ohio Stadium on Saturday, where the sophomore looked like he could be barely walk after being slammed hard against the Turf.

Braxton Miller is slammed to the turf in the Purdue game.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Braxton Miller

“I went with him to the hospital, or afterwards went over to see him, along with our strength coach, and then Tom Herman stopped by afterwards,” Meyer said Monday during his weekly press luncheon.

“All the test results came back, I guess the term is negative, which is positive. He's very sore – sore neck – and we expect him to practice tomorrow.”

That news is almost shocking considering Miller was helped off the field by two OSU trainers and then carted to the locker room in the third quarter of Ohio State’s 29-22 comeback win over the Boilermakers.

He had to be taken to the OSU Medical Center in an ambulance, where tests were performed on his head, neck and shoulders. Miller passed all the tests and was declared “symptom free” shortly before being discharged from the hospital on Saturday evening.

While the injury appeared to be more serious at the time, it sounds like maybe Miller was more startled and frightened than anything else by the violent collision of his neck against the Turf.

“I had a long talk with him about it. He was just rattled and once he settled down, he seemed to be fine,” said Meyer, who compared the injury to whiplash.

“He made a comment to me he's never really been hurt, never really been – as far as a bruise or a contusion or a sprained ankle – but never been like that, and it kind of rattled him a little bit, like it would rattle most athletes.”

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman reminded everyone Miller is still a 19-year old kid, and because he’s a world-class athlete, he’s not as used to violent takedowns as, say, someone like John Simon.

The Buckeyes expect to have Miller ready to go when they make the trip to State College on Saturday, and Herman said he doesn’t plan to call the game any differently than he normally would now that Braxton Miller has been cleared to return to practice.

“We have to go win the game, so no,” Herman said Monday.

The Buckeyes are also expected to have wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown (head) and linebacker Joshua Perry (leg) back this week in practice. Both players left the Purdue game with injuries.

“Josh Perry, the MRI came back clean. He's ready to go,” Meyer said of the freshman linebacker from Olentangy.

“Corey Brown was dinged a little bit, but he should be ready to go. They're still evaluation, but everybody tells me he's fine.”

One player who won’t make the trip to Happy Valley is freshman defensive back De’van Bogard, who was lost for the season with a knee injury against Purdue.

“We lost Bogard (to an ACL injury),” Meyer said shaking his head.

“Love him. He's one of my favorite guys on the team. Top-five guy on the team, De’van Bogard. First guy to lose his stripe as a Buckeye. Obviously, from up at a great school, Coach Ginn. He's a great, great guy, man.”

Meyer’s kick coverage team was already without Najee Murray (knee), Armani Reeves (ankle) and Jamie Wood (shoulder), but it also sounds like the Buckeyes were tinkering with the idea of playing Bogard a little bit on defense before the devastating injury to his right knee.

“He had one of those emotional moments after the game because he spills it,” Meyer said.

“He was getting ready to start getting a little more action as a defensive back too. You know he played linebacker in high school, so playing in space is all knew for him. But if we could go out and recruit a hundred Bogards, life would be pretty good around here.”

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