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Braxton Miller leaves Ohio State game with a left knee injury

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Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller injured his left knee early vs. San Diego State.

Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller left Saturday's game against San Diego State early in the first quarter with a left knee injury. Reports say he suffered an MCL sprain.

Coach Urban Meyer Meyer told reporters Miller could have returned to the game but coaches opted to remain conservative about the quarterback's health. Meyer also said, "I think there's a chance he'll be ready next week," when the Buckeyes play at California.

Miller was hurt on a 4th-and-1 run from the Aztecs' 12-yard line. Trainers looked at his left knee on the field and then took Miller to the sideline. A few minutes later, Miller went to the locker room on a cart. He returned to the Ohio State sideline wearing a brace on his left knee.

Senior Kenny Guiton came on for Miller and threw a touchdown pass midway through the first quarter to put the Buckeyes ahead 14-0.

Miller was NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt's preseason pick to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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