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Miller sidelined for Buckeyes

Posted Friday, October 09, 2009 by Ed Dalton

Miller sidelined for Buckeyes

10/9/2009 3:32 AM

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Coach Jim Tressel began his Thursday remarks by saying "the beds are all full" in Ohio State's sick bay.

Then he had lots of good news on the illness and injury front.

First, the bad news: OL Andrew Miller, a Trinity High School graduate, is battling the flu and won't play against Wisconsin at home Saturday. The Buckeyes are hoping he can return to practice on Tuesday.

Missing Wednesday's practice were DB Nate Oliver, OL Justin Boren, Miller and TE Jake Ballard, who is battling the flu for a second time in less than a week. Their status for the game remains up in the air.

Then the good news: OL Jim Cordle, expected to be out at another week or so with a foot injury, is practicing with the team.

"Which frankly surprises me," Tressel said. "I don't think we would put him in the game, but he may be back a week earlier than we thought, which would be tremendous for us."

Also, TB Dan Herron (sprained ankle) will play against the Badgers after missing last week's game -- perhaps spurred to a speedy recovery by Brandon Saine's 100-yard rushing day.

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