Zach Miller Injury Updates

Bears TE Zach Miller dislocated his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. That's almost certainly a season-ending injury for Chicago's lead TE. It'll leave snaps and targets available for TEs Dion Sims and rookie Adam Shaheen. Neither makes for an attractive fantasy option, though. Shaheen, in particular, has not looked ready for regular duty as he transitions from Division II Ashland University.

Bears TE Zach Miller suffered a nasty looking leg injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints. He was carted off the field and immediately ruled out for the game. This looked like a season-ender. We'll update Miller's status when we learn more.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs says "don't be surprised" if TE Zach Miller doesn't crack the Bears' final roster. This actually makes plenty of sense. The Bears are rebuilding on offense and might not want to give snaps to an injury-prone 32-year-old. They also gave $10 million guaranteed to TE Dion Sims in free agency and drafted TE Adam Shaheen in the 2nd round of this year's draft. The team is also high on TE Daniel Brown, according to Biggs. This is a group to stay away from in fantasy drafts right now.

The Bears have added TE Dion Sims on a 3-year, $18 million deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. That's a hefty chunk of change for a guy with just 74 catches through 4 NFL seasons. Sims was never Miami's lead TE, though. The contract suggests the Bears see Sims as just that. TE Zach Miller is still on Chicago's roster, but he's 32 with a lengthy injury history.

Bears TE Zach Miller expects to be recovered by April from the fractured Lisfranc he suffered in his right foot this past November. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. I've been through this exact rehab schedule before. I know what it entails and I've been able to bounce back and play at a high level before, and I'm comfortable with that." Miller suffered the same injury during the 2014 preseason and was placed on IR. He's never made it through a full 16-game season and will be nearly 33 years old when the 2017 season kicks off. Chicago needs to address TE this offseason.

Bears TE Zach Miller suffered a foot injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Giants and is done for the day. He racked up 61 yards and a score before exiting. We'll look for an update on his status tonight.

Bears TE Zach Miller returned to practice on Saturday. He'd been sidelined since sustaining a concussion on July 31. Miller remains on track to be Chicago's starter but comes with a lengthy injury history. We'll see if he can stay on the field the rest of August.

The Bears announced that TE Zach Miller and WR Eddie Royal are in the concussion protocol. Miller has a long injury history that includes concussions in 2009 and 2011. Royal has also suffered at least 2 concussions, in 2011 and 2013. We'll see when they're able to get back on the practice field. Miller is slated to be Chicago's starting TE, while Royal is in line to be the #3 WR.

Bears TE Zach Miller (toe) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  He played a full slate of snaps last week, but we can't take his Week 17 status for granted.  Check back tomorrow for another update.  Miller will be a solid TE1 if he's ready for his usual role against the Lions on Sunday.

The Bears have placed TE Martellus Bennett (rib) on IR, ending his 2015 season.  Bennett suffered the injury in Week 11, missed Week 12 and struggled trying to play through it this past Sunday.  He finishes with 53 catches, 439 yards and 3 scores in 11 games.  Chicago has signed TE Rob Housler, but TE Zach Miller will serve as the lead pass-catcher the rest of the way.  He's scored 4 times in his past 5 games and is on the spot-start radar.

Bears TE Zach Miller is expected to play against the 49ers today, despite a fractured rib, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Miller 1st appeared on the injury report on Thursday, so the injury might have occurred in practice this week.  That, plus TE Martellus Bennett's return, makes Miller a risky Week 13 fantasy start.

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Packers.  He played through the injury last week, but the short turnaround here did him in.  Bennett's absence will mean an even bigger role for TE Zach Miller, who's hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 177 yards and 3 TDs over the past 3 games.  Green Bay, meanwhile, has allowed a TE TD in 3 straight.  Miller is in the Week 12 spot-start discussion.

 
 
 

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