Sept. 24-- The Bears are going to be "smart" with rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller, coach Matt Nagy said Monday, after Miller left Sunday's victory in Arizona on two occasions with what Nagy termed a dislocated left shoulder.
Miller was originally injured when he attempted to shield himself from Cardinals cornerback Bene Benwikere on a short crossing route. Miller stuck out his left arm to stave off the defender and went down in pain.
He returned to the game before leaving for good late in the third quarter after quarterback Mitch Trubisky essentially threw away a pass as Miller was well-covered by strong safety Budda Baker on an out-and-up shot to the end zone. In that instance, Miller attempted to push off with his left arm to gain separation and pulled up in pain.
"We leave that up the docs and (head athletic trainer) Andre (Tucker)," Nagy said when asked how the team judges whether Miller can play through the injury. "And obviously talking to Anthony just to see and make sure that he's explaining everything that has happened and they can make their best evaluation possible. We'll have to see where that goes. But, yeah, you obviously want to be smart with those, as you know that we will do."
Miller missed the entire 2014 season at Memphis with a shoulder injury. According to a college scout for another NFL team who has access to his team's pre-draft reports, Miller had a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required surgery. The scout added that Miller played through a minor left shoulder injury last season that did not require surgery. The report he was viewing called it a "small labrum tear."
The second-round draft pick did not miss a game in 2017, when he made 96 receptions for 1,462 yards with 18 touchdowns. That productive season capped a three-year run in which Miller played in 38 games. He redshirted as a walk-on in 2013, when he was on the scout team. He was on pace to be a starter the next year before tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in the preseason.
Nagy declared Miller day to day. He has eight receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown and has been on the field for 53.3 percent of the offensive snaps. With Miller sidelined, the Bears turned to Josh Bellamy and former first-round draft pick Kevin White in Arizona. White has played 26 snaps (12.4 percent) and Bellamy 22 (10.5 percent).
The Bears traded a fourth-round pick in 2018 and their 2019 second-round pick to the Patriots to select Miller at No. 51.
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