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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he is ''fairly optimistic'' that injured quarterback Braxton Miller will be able to play when the fourth-ranked Buckeyes play at California on Saturday.

''Yeah, I'm fairly optimistic,'' Meyer said on Tuesday. ''With everything I've been told, the improvement made between day 3 and day 4 (after a sprained knee) is very important and it's usually substantial. I'm fairly optimistic.''

Speaking on the Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer said that Miller has shown signs that he may be healthy enough to see action after spraining a medial-collateral ligament in his left knee in last weekend's 42-7 win over San Diego State.

After several minutes on the turf, Miller limped to the sideline and then was taken to the locker room by motorized cart. He returned to the sideline, but did not play again.

Meyer said he saw Braxton throw a few passes and then would evaluate him after he had practiced.

''We'll know more (Wednesday) on if he'll be available for the Cal game,'' Meyer said.

Miller got treatment on the knee on Sunday and Monday.

After watching the junior go through a ''limited-capacity'' workout on Tuesday, Miller may be tested more in the last big practice before the Buckeyes' third game of the season.

''It's just, can he plant, can he move, and all of that,'' Meyer said.

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