Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season because of a right (throwing) shoulder injury.
After multiple reports Tuesday that the Heisman Trophy-contending Buckeyes QB would not play in 2014, Ohio State confirmed in a late afternoon statement that the senior would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery and plans to return to the team in 2015.
"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season."
Miller underwent surgery on the shoulder in February after injuring it in the Buckeyes' Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. Per the statement, Miller re-injured it while "attempting a short pass in practice Monday."
Sources confirmed to CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler the injury in question was a torn labrum.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family," coach Urban Meyer said. "This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation."
Redshirt freshman JT Barrett is expected to replace Miller as the Buckeye starter after having beaten out sophomore Cardale Jones for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
Miller has not taken a redshirt season and will not need an NCAA-approved "medical redshirt" to play in the 2015 season.
Ohio State opens the season Aug. 30 against Navy.