Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller looked like the other TE named “Zach Miller” when he played for the Oakland Raiders, as the Bears backup tight end had a monster preseason game in the team’s opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Miller hauled in six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, catching passes from both Jay Cutler and Jordan Palmer. Those six receptions came on six targets, as Miller shined on both the first and second teams, taking advantage of Martellus Bennett’s suspension. Bennett is the obvious starter due to his talent, but Miller looked like a really nifty TE2 on that day and should probably get some looks this season in the Bears high-flying passing attack.
Miller, unfortunately, exited the team’s second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a foot injury, and he needed to be carted off the field. That’s never a good sign, but it was especially bad for Miller, who has a laundry list of past injuries.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Miller’s X-Rays turned up negative, but he definitely isn’t out of the woods yet, as he is being taken in for an MRI. Hopefully it ends up being something something that doesn’t take him out for too long, but we can’t help but fear for the worst when an injury-prone player is carted off the field. Not only that, but Rapoport also adds that Miller probably suffered some ligament damage and will be out for “some time”. Miller’s status is worth watching closely, since a major injury would really hurt his career at the age of 29.