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Bears WR Anthony Miller injury could stretch into ‘weeks’

Anthony Miller

The Chicago Bears have been without Anthony Miller on the practice field since early in August. According to Bears head coach Matt Nagy, Miller’s injury could stretch into “weeks.”

“It is what it is,” Nagy said. “When he’s back out there and he’s rolling, we as coaches have to limit what we do with him and just let him play fast.”

Nearly two weeks ago, Miller suffered a sprained ankle during one-on-one drills in a training camp practice. The Bears’ young wide receiver walked off under his own power but the injury has bothered him since.

Last year, the Bears selected Miller with the 51st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Memphis. In his rookie season, Miller caught 33 passes for 423 yards and seven touchdowns.

What made his rookie campaign so impressive was the fact that he was playing the majority of the season with a torn labrum. Miller sustained the injury in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals and said that he dislocated the same shoulder “five or six times” in 2018.

After the 2018 season concluded, Miller underwent surgery to repair his torn labrum. The second-year wide receiver seemed to be recovered from his shoulder injury and was poised to have a phenomenal training camp.

Luckily for Nagy, Chicago is seemingly deep at the wide receiver; making them capable of withstanding Miller’s absence. Currently, the Bears could decide to deploy rookie Riley Ridley or Cordarelle Patterson at Miller’s spot in the offense.

When Miller returns to being 100 percent, Chicago could see the best version of Miller. And he’ll have both of his arms functioning this time around.