Sunday, October 7, 2012
Bumps and bruises: Miller is 'good'
By Austin Ward
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Still in full pads, Braxton Miller wrapped up his news conference and headed for the door.
Braxton Miller is taking hits and showing toughness.
Before the Ohio State quarterback could slide through it and finally peel off his uniform, a reporter asked how he was holding up physically.
"Yeah," Miller said. "I'm good."
There wasn't much reason for the sophomore not to be in better shape after a 63-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday night at Ohio Stadium than he was a week ago in a much more physical affair at Michigan State. Miller still rushed 16 times for 186 yards and a touchdown against the Huskers, but he had plenty of help in the backfield thanks to a 28-carry performance from Carlos Hyde.
Hyde's health was also up for debate this week after he returned from a knee sprain against the Spartans, but he showed no signs of being slowed while tacking on 140 more rushing yards for the Buckeyes and forming a dangerous combination with Miller on the ground with Jordan Hall ailing with a partially torn knee ligament.
Other Buckeyes dealing with injuries:
Etienne Sabino: The senior linebacker left the game with an apparent leg injury. No immediate update on his status moving forward was available.
C.J. Barnett: The safety dressed for the game after missing the previous two weeks with a high ankle sprain, but he didn't play.
Michael Bennett: In his second game of the season, the defensive lineman continued to chip off some rust due to an injured groin. Bennett made two tackles and recovered a fumble.