During the Seahawks 30-28 loss to the Falcons in the divisional playoffs last weekend, Seattle tight end Zach Miller had his best game of the season, recording eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. In fact, his performance was statistically his best since Week 4 of 2010.
The most amazing part of his game? As the Seattle Times writes, Miller tore his plantar fascia on the third play of the game, returned to the locker room to get a pain-killing injection in his foot and then helped the Seahawks to a near-amazing comeback.
The plantar fascia, according to Webmd.com, is the ligament that connects the heel to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot.
"It was nice to get some balls like that," Miller said after the game. "But I'm disappointed that we didn't win when we were so close. If there is any solace, I don't feel it right now."
The next day, as the Seahawks cleaned out their lockers for the offseason, Miller was spotted using crutches.
But you have to like the idea of Miller being more of a factor for Seattle next season. In the wild-card weekend, he recorded four catches for 48 yards (his third-highest receptions total of the year), and considering he's in the middle of a five-year, $34 million contract, it makes sense that Seattle might actually want to throw his way more in 2013.
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