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Chicago Bears tight finish Zach Miller was carted off the sector after struggling a dislocated knee within the third quarter of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the New Orleans Saints, head coach John Fox confirmed.
The play on which Miller was damage was reviewed by the officers, so followers inside New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome noticed a number of replays of Miller’s damage, which the Chicago Solar-Instances‘ Adam Jahns known as “ugly.”
Officers overturned what would’ve been a 25-yard landing catch for Miller, and the Bears settled for a discipline objective on the subsequent play.
Miller, 33, had two respectable seasons for Chicago in 2015 and ’16, totaling 81 receptions, 925 yards and 9 touchdowns in 25 video games. He missed six video games final yr with a damaged foot, and together with his newest damage, the Bears must be questioning whether or not their veteran tight finish has develop into injury-prone later in his profession.
Whereas Miller wasn’t anticipated to be a serious playmaker for Chicago this offseason—the workforce was possible banking on wideouts Kevin White, Cameron Meredith and Kendall Wright to hold the passing sport, not less than earlier than the primary two landed on injured reserve—his standing was known as into query after the workforce signed Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen, in accordance with Lorin Cox of Bears Wire.
That left Miller combating for a roster spot only one season after he was the workforce’s starter, although he made the workforce. And since Tarik Cohen has emerged as a outstanding determine within the passing sport out of the backfield, the Bears wield extra playmakers than in years previous.
Whereas Miller’s out of motion, Sims and Shaheen will garner even larger roles within the Chicago offense.