Injury Update: Miller Ready to Go for Wisconsin
By Rob Ogden
No more need for speculation. If all goes as planned, Braxton Miller will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes on Saturday against Wisconsin, coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.
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"I think Braxton will probably start," Meyer said. "He had a good day today. I think he's close to 100 percent. I just wanted to make sure running the ball he's good, too. And he was."
Miller has been sidelined since spraining his knee on the first series of Ohio State's Sept. 7 win against San Diego State.
Backup Kenny Guiton has made the last two starts in Miller's absence, and for the first time this season, Guiton was listed as a co-starter at quarterback on this week's depth chart.
Following Saturday's win over Florida A&M, Meyer said Miller said he wasn't ready to play.
Now, Meyer said, "he's ready to go."
Guiton is coming off a game in which he set the school record with six touchdown passes in a single game. He earned a second-consecutive Big Ten offensive player of the week honor.
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Meyer said previously that he wanted to keep Guiton involved, even after Miller returns to health. Wednesday he said he's not sure if, or how, he'll do that.
"That's tough. That's tough. I've had experience playing two (quarterbacks) in 2006 and it's hard," he said. "When a guy gets a hot hand, or if he doesn't get the hot hand, then when does he go back in? That's a decision I can only make by myself. So we'll see."
Meyer said Miller has taken many more reps in practice this week than he did a week ago. Corner back Bradley Roby has been on the other side of a lot of those reps, and said Miller looks as good as he did three week ago.
"He looks good. He looks like he hasn't lost a step." Roby said. "Running, throwing he looks fine, but it's practice, so you never know. But I think he'll be ready."
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Also expected to return this weekend is defensive end Adolphus Washington.
Washington missed the past two games after suffering a groin injury against San Diego State, but Meyer said the sophomore will play Saturday.
"He’s back and we need him back,” Meyer said. “Wisconsin has a big, strong offensive line with fast backs. That’s going to be a big part of the game.”
Washington's roommate, defensive lineman Noah Spence, said Washington looks ready to play.
"He's coming along great." Spence said. "I've been talking to him a lot, and I told him to keep his head up and everything."
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