COLUMBUS, Ohio — Immediately after star quarterback Braxton Miller was thrown to the ground and didn't get up, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he saw an unbeaten season flash before his eyes.
Yeah, it did, he said.
Miller isn't the sole reason the Buckeyes have a perfect record and a top-10 ranking this season. But he's the biggest reason.
Miller lay motionless for several minutes after Purdue defensive back Josh Johnson's tackle late in the third quarter on Saturday. After several minutes, he sat up, then was helped to his feet. With great effort, and flanked by trainers helping him take each step, he slowly walked to the sideline. He later was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Shortly after the Buckeyes' 29-22 come-from-behind victory, Meyer sent word that he had visited Miller in the hospital and that he was fine.
Now, despite looking as if his season might be ended by a concussion or neck injury just 72 hours earlier, Miller will practice with the team today.
He's doing way better than what he did on Saturday, said one of Miller's friends, safety Christian Bryant. He's moving around, talking to guys, laughing. He's doing pretty good right now.
Meyer stopped short of saying he was surprised that Miller was OK. He's very strong. He takes care of himself, Meyer said. I don't want to say (I am) amazed, but he's a tough guy.
Physicians ran Miller through a battery of tests at the hospital.
With no signs that he had suffered a concussion, or any other major injury, Miller was released around three hours after the game.
On Monday at his weekly news conference, Meyer said the only lingering symptom was a sore neck.