Miller (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. Miller has been banged up for much of the second half of the season, but will miss his first game after failing to participate in practice this week. Though he'll be unavailable for Week 17, Miller certainly did enough this season to show that he can be a factor in the passing game in 2016. He finishes the year with 34 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns.
Miller (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. With Martellus Bennett (ribs) out for the season, Miller has emerged as Jay Cutler's go-to target the past couple weeks. Given that Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is out and Eddie Royal (illness) is doubtful, Miller should be in for another heavy workload, if he's able to play. If not, Khari Lee or Rob Housler will start at tight end, complementing a wideout group of Marc Mariani, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith. Even against a vulnerable Detroit defense, Cutler has a tough task at hand. The Bears haven't revealed Miller's practice status for Friday, but he was a non-participant both Wednesday and Thursday.
Miller (toe) didn't practice Wednesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Despite being hindered by a rib injury this month, Miller has continued to prosper in a passing attack sans Martellus Bennett (rib) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), earning at least six targets in five of the past six games. With a catch percentage of 70.6% during that span -- 24 catches on 34 targets -- Miller has been a reliable option, though only four targets have occurred in the red zone. In any case, a toe concern is afflicting him at the moment, which places a further damper on his Week 17 potential.
Miller secured seven of eight targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Buccaneers. As expected, the veteran tight end played a prominent role in the Bears' passing attack, with Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sidelined, and fellow tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) already on injured reserve. The eight targets were a season high for Miller, and he's been the recipient of 22 looks from Jay Cutler over the last three games combined. The 31-year-old has now managed a career-best 33 catches, and has been an unlikely success after having been out of the NFL for the past three seasons. Miller should be another primary target of Jay Cutler's in the season finale versus the Lions.
Miller caught all six of his targets for 57 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Not long ago, the veteran tight end was little more than a dangerous red-zone option for Chicago. In the past two weeks, with Martellus Bennett out of the lineup, Miller's 12 targets rank second on the team and his 11 catches leads the squad. He's been held out of the end zone in two of his last three games, but Miller's growing chemistry with Jay Cutler means that he doesn't necessarily have to score to be valuable, especially in PPR leagues.
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