Source: Braxton Miller out for season

Nathan Broussard

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is out for the season after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday's practice, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

Miller had an MRI on his throwing shoulder Tuesday morning, revealing the season-ending injury.

Widely tabbed as a Heisman Trophy contender this preseason, Miller suffered the injury during a noncontact portion of practice, just hours after the senior declared himself 100 percent healthy following offseason surgery to the shoulder. He was taken off the field under medical supervision, a source told ESPN on Monday.

Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 12 more scores in leading the Buckeyes to the Discover Orange Bowl last season.

Ranked fifth in the preseason Associated Press poll released Sunday, Ohio State is expected to be in the national title conversation.

The reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Miller first hurt the shoulder in the Orange Bowl. He had surgery that prevented him from contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices and scrimmages in August.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to be the starter when the Buckeyes open the season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones is the third-team quarterback.

Miller is one of the Big Ten's most decorated quarterbacks, and the falloff in experience to Barrett and Jones is huge.

Starting as a freshman, Miller has thrown 666 passes in his glittering three-year career. Barrett has never played in a game, and Jones has thrown only two passes.

Miller has run for 32 touchdowns and passed for 52, putting him in reach of many of Ohio State's career records for quarterbacks. Jones has run for one touchdown and has never thrown for one.

Barrett was an acclaimed recruit out of Wichita Falls, Texas, who watched with Jones last year as Miller took most of the snaps in the Buckeyes' 12-2 season. When Miller was hurt for most of the San Diego State, California and Florida A&M games with a sprained knee, senior Kenny Guiton had big games while leading Ohio State to victories.

But Guiton graduated, and the Buckeyes might have to adapt on the fly. Making that even more difficult is that Ohio State is without four of its five starting offensive linemen, its leading receiver (Corey Brown) and 1,500-yard rusher Carlos Hyde from last year's team.

Miller missed most of his senior season at high school in Huber Heights, Ohio, and has frequently been sidelined with injuries at Ohio State. As a freshman, he sprained an ankle against Nebraska -- a game in which the Buckeyes built a big lead but blew it -- but was able to play in subsequent games.

Two years ago, he missed time during the game at Michigan State when he fell into an equipment case on the sideline and later in the game hyperextended his left knee. He was hit hard by Purdue's Josh Johnson later in the season and missed the rest of that game, with Guiton leading a stirring march in the final minute for a touchdown and the tying two-point conversion. The Buckeyes won in overtime.

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