Braxton Miller named captain

Updated: August 26, 2014, 1:39 PM ET
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Instead of taking part in a team meeting to accept his position as a captain at Ohio State, Braxton Miller was miles away at a doctor's appointment as he prepared for surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

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AP Photo/Jay LaPreteBraxton Miller won't play this season, but he'll still be able to support his team as captain.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer announced both Miller's captaincy and the medical procedure with Dr. James Andrews in one fell swoop on Monday, officially bringing the quarterback's season as a player to a close while also carving out a role for him on the sideline this fall.

The operation on Miller's torn labrum will take place in Florida with the famed surgeon, who met with the QB on Monday morning to discuss the injury that occurred during training camp last week.

And at least for the opening trip to Navy on Saturday, Miller's second shoulder injury of the calendar year will keep him from fulfilling his duties as a captain in person.

"Braxton Miller was the high vote-getter," Meyer said. "He's down getting surgery. He met with the doctor, I got a text this morning that he met with Dr. Andrews today. Surgery is set for tomorrow.

"He'll be one of the 70 [on the travel roster this season] if he can go. He won't be able to go this time, but there will be times where we'll have to make that decision."

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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