Miller, Washington, Still Questionable for Cal
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is feeling much better, but his status for Saturday's game at California is still in question, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
Miller is day-to-day after spraining his left knee during the Buckeyes' first drive of their 42-7 win against San Diego State on Saturday.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller
lies on the Ohio Stadium turf after sustaining a sprained knee against San Diego State.
"If he's healthy to play and play like Braxton can play … he'll certainly go," Meyer said. "We are not saving him or holding back. This will be everything we've got to win this game."
Miller was injured when he scrambled on a fourth-down play that Meyer said was supposed to be a pass. He was fitted with a brace and could have returned to the game if the team needed him to do so, Meyer said.
By the time they could have put Miller back in the game, it was already 21-0, Meyer said. "So there was really never that consideration."
Injury scares are nothing new for Miller, who routinely gets knocked out of games, sometimes for only a play or two.
Asked if he would categorize Miller as injury-prone, Meyer said the better word would be "fearless", and noted that Miller wanted back in the game.
"Oh, God, he wanted back in the game, and he feels very strong," he said. "He wants to play this weekend. We'll know more after the first 48 hours."
Receiver Corey Brown said he would be "very surprised" if Miller didn't play Saturday.
"I expect him to do what a leader does, he'll be in the training room everyday and he'll be fine."
Photo by Dan Harker
Starting defensive end Adolphus Washington left Saturday's game with a groin injury, and has also been labeled as day-to-day by Meyer.
Meyer said Washington likely wouldn't practice on Tuesday, and fellow defensive lineman Michael Bennett suggested that Washington not rush back.
Bennett suffered a groin injury last season that kept him out of four games. He said he tried to rush back from it and ended up making it worse.
Bennett added that as long as Washington gets the right treatment, he shouldn't be hindered by the injury too much.
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