Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday he is "fairly optimistic" that quarterback Braxton Miller will play Saturday at Cal, FoxSports.com reported.
That's not quite an unequivocal declaration that Miller will play, but it's a significant upgrade from Monday, when Meyer said Miller was day-to-day.
Miller suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee early in last Saturday's game against San Diego State, and sat out the rest of the game.
Kenny Guiton replaced Miller for the remainder of the contest, which Ohio State won 42-7.
Meyer said Guiton suffered a bruise to his throwing hand on Saturday. But the swelling has gone down, and Guiton would be the starter if Miller cannot play Saturday.
However, it's beginning to look like Miller will play.
Meyer said he has seen "substantial" improvement in Miller's movement this week.
"His arm is fine," Meyer said. "It's just, can he move and all that? I'll know more of that after today's practice."