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Jury Still Out on Miller
By Rob Ogden

On Tuesday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he was "fairly optimistic" that quarterback Braxton Miller would play this weekend against California. On Wednesday, he didn't back down from that statement, but wouldn't commit to anything, either.

"He came out and got a little work and then he went back in and did a bunch of rehab," Meyer said. "We'll know more tomorrow. Tomorrow's going to be the day we'll find out how much he'll play."

OSU quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a sprained knee in the first series of the SDSU game.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Braxton Miller

Meyer seemed confident in Miller's chances to play Tuesday, but less so on Wednesday. The fact that Miller hasn't shown enough to this point to be cleared is concerning, he said.

"It's not as sore, it's just a little unstable and he's got to get used to that brace," Meyer said.

Miller is recovering from a sprained left knee that he suffered during the first drive of Ohio State's 42-7 win against San Diego State on Saturday.

Kenny Guiton played admirably in Miller's absence, and will get the start if Miller can't go. Meyer said it's possible both Miller and Guiton could see significant action Saturday.

With Miller's status in question, the Buckeyes will have to burn a travel roster spot on fourth-string freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who has not played this season.

Those roster spots are valuable when playing a team like Cal, whose fast style of play can easily exhaust a defense.

Meyer said whether or not Miller plays might come down to a game-time decision. 

"He's an experienced player. I'm not worried about how much he practices," he added.

The injury is more bothersome to an athletic player like Miller than it would be to a pure pocket passer, Meyer said. He said it could take a couple weeks before Miller can "get back that kind of athleticism."

Linebacker Ryan Shazier said Miller hasn't tested it much during practice.

Ryan Shazier
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Ryan Shazier

"He didn't do too much running, we know how he can run so he's just been working on his throwing," Shazier said.

"He looked like Braxton throwing the ball," he added.

Meyer made it clear that Braxton wants to play.

"He's a competitor. He's grinding really hard," he said.

No word on Washington

Meyer said defensive end Adolphus Washington didn't practice on Wednesday, but said they we're going to try to get him in there on Thursday.

"As of now, he's coming with us," Meyer said.

Washington is dealing with a groin injury he suffered Saturday against San Diego State. Freshman Joey Bosa is the next guy up if Washington can't play.

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