Miller’s surgery proves successful

Published 1:36 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLUMBUS (AP) — Braxton Miller came through surgery just fine.

The Ohio State quarterback will still miss the rest of the 2014 season after having successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder.

“Braxton and I talked this morning before he went in,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday. “He had surgery. Everything is good.”

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Miller sent Meyer pictures of himself, his father and Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation on Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

A day before his surgery, Miller posted the following on his Twitter account: “There are two sides of everything. The worst has happened. The best is next ..”

Miller initially injured his shoulder in last year’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, then had surgery in February and missed spring workouts. He returned to the team and reinjured the shoulder on Aug. 18 during preseason camp.

Meyer said everything went according to plan during surgery.

“It’s very positive,” Meyer added. “All reports are there were no surprises and everything went well. He’s out of surgery and will be back tomorrow morning.”

Miller is expected to be sidelined for roughly a year as he takes a medical redshirt. He has indicated he is on schedule to graduate from Ohio State in December and plans to return to the team to play for his final season.

J.T. Barrett will start in place of Miller for the Buckeyes against Navy in Baltimore on Saturday.

The redshirt freshman has never taken a snap in a college game but Meyer likes how he has assumed a leadership role since Miller went down.

“We just started seeing this young man develop,” he said of Barrett. “We all thought he would, we recruited him. And he comes from a really good high school program and a really incredible family. All of those positives are coming out right now. I saw it before (Miller’s) injury but you really see it now.”

Miller was voted a team captain by his Ohio State teammates. He will not make the trip to the opener on Saturday, but Meyer said he would take an active role in the team.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James offered best wishes to Miller on his Twitter account: “Excited and Happy my lil bro braxtonmiller surgery went great!”


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