June 28, 2016

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Ohio State football: Miller day to day with sprained MCL

COLUMBUS — Braxton Miller’s status as No. 4 Ohio State’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at California is still up in the air.

Miller sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee last weekend in a 42-7 victory over San Diego State.

“Braxton Miller will be a day-to-day decision,” coach Urban Meyer said 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.”

Miller was hurt on Ohio State’s first offensive possession when he kept the ball on a passing play and was pinned between two defenders, twisted and fell backward to the turf.

He did not return to the game. Kenny Guiton came in to pass for two touchdowns and run for another score in his place.

Meyer, who confirmed the junior’s injury was a sprained medial collateral ligament, said he would not err on the side of caution and stick with Guiton to allow Miller extra time to be completely healthy.

“I don’t think so, no,” he said. “If he’s healthy to play and play like Braxton plays, which, you know, he’s not your pocket quarterback and he does a lot of things for us. But if he’s healthy to go, he’ll certainly go. We are not saving him or holding him back.

“This will (take) everything we’ve got to win this game.”

Ohio State is a prohibitive favorite against Cal (1-1), which lost its opener at home to Northwestern and then barely beat Football Championship Subdivision member Portland State last week.

Miller, who was not made available for interviews after the game or on Monday, is a three-year starter who has been considered among the top Heisman Trophy favorites.

Wide receiver Corey Brown said he would be shocked if Miller doesn’t play Saturday.

“I’d be very surprised,” he said. “Braxton is a real hard worker. I saw him earlier. He was in the training room rehabbing. I expect him to do what a leader does and he’ll be in the training room every day and I think he’ll be fine.”