Braxton Miller declared day-to-day, but looks likely to play

State of Ohio talked off ledge as Braxton Miller appears good to go for Saturday

9/9/13 in NCAAF   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Braxton Miller declared day-to-day, but looks likely to playNeither the Heisman race nor the NCAA national championship race appears that they will be affected by the nasty ligament strain suffered by Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller in Saturday's 42-7 win over San Diego State. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer declared Miller "a day-to-day decision" earlier Monday, while Miller's teammates said they'd be "very surprised" if the Heisman-contending quarterback didn't play in this Saturday's contest at 1-1 Cal.

Ohio State fans can take heart that Braxton Miller has a lengthy history of surprisingly quick recoveries from injury. Alternately, fans could consider that Braxton Miller also has a lengthy history of injuries from which to make all these surprisingly quick recoveries. Miller has left six different games with injuries in his tenure at the Ohio State starting quarterback.

And so Miller has another surprisingly quick recovery apparently under his belt. Braxton Miller has been declared day-to-day on his sprained MCL, but ESPN reports that several Buckeyes have said they expect him back. "Braxton Miller will be a day-to-day decision," Urban Meyer told the AP on Monday. "I just met with him today. He's feeling much better. He was a little stiff, which, the first 48 hours after that injury is very tough."

Blog Photo - Braxton Miller declared day-to-day, but looks likely to playMiller's teammates seem far more optimistic. "I'd be very surprised [if Miller doesn't play]," Buckeyes receiver Philly Brown told ESPN. People, is there a better name in college football this season than "Philly Brown"?  (Well, any name that does not include the word "Jadaveon"?)

"Braxton is a real hard worker, and I saw him earlier, he was in the training room rehabbing, so I expect him to do what a leader does. He'll be in the training room, and I think he'll be fine," Brown continued.

I have never had a sprained MCL, so I don't know how realistic it is to play NCAA football the week after you suffer one. According to my adept Googling skills, players typically miss 2-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

Yet Urban Meyer said that Miller "could have" returned to the game Saturday, but for the fact that his backup Kenny Guiton was lighting it up in replacing Miller. "He wanted back in the game," Urban Meyer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He feels very strongly that he wants to play this weekend [against Cal]."

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