Chicago Bears’ tight end Zach Miller will miss his third consecutive season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Thursday night’s preseason contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After starting tight end Martellus Bennett found himself in some trouble for fighting a teammate, Miller was given an opportunity to shine. He had six catches in the preseason opener against Philadelphia, two going for touchdowns.
Miller was expected to be a big part of Chicago’s passing game, entering their second year under head coach Marc Trestman, who did wonders for quarterback Jay Cutler‘s growth as a Bear. The offense was clicking with the star power of receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and stud running back Matt Forte, the tight end position was going to open up even more options. Bennett and Miller were sure to get plenty of looks due to the attention the defense would have to put towards the receivers. The loss of Miller will drastically change to offensive game plan moving forward.
Miller, entering his sixth NFL season, was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the first five seasons. He missed the last two seasons with various injuries, such as a torn pectoral, as well as shoulder, knee, foot, and calf injuries. The Jaguars were intrigued by this quarterback turned tight end because of his incredible athletic ability and pass catching skill set. He was just unable to remain healthy enough to stay on the roster. He seemed to really begin to shine in the Bears’ training camp as a formidable offensive weapon for Trestman’s offensive game plans.
The timetable for Miller’s return has not yet been determined, but with a lisfranc injury it is likely he will miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season. A very unfortunate break for someone poised to make a big splash this season.
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