Miller (knee) believes that he's close to gaining clearance to run again, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
After Miller dislocated his left knee on Oct. 29 of last year, there was worry that he may have to have his leg amputated. Nine surgeries and a year of rehab later, he has thoughts of taking a step doctors didn't think was possible. What may not be possible is a return to football for the 34-year-old tight end, but considering where he currently stands in his recovery Miller may got over that hurdle as well.
Miller (knee) was placed on the Reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
By being placed on the Reserve/PUP list, Miller's season is officially over, but the Bears reportedly knew that the tight end would be unable to play when they re-signed him Monday. In fact, it's possible that Miller may never be able to play in the NFL again after rupturing an artery in his left leg last season. Miller will ultimately revert to injured reserve once the regular season is underway.
It's more likely than not that Miller's NFL career is over after he ruptured an artery in his left leg Oct. 29 that required nine different emergency surgeries and an extended hospital stay, but the Bears at least appear prepared to give the tight end an opportunity to prove he's still capable of playing. Miller, who resumed walking without the aid of crutches in March, said his left knee is stable, but he's still working to rebuild muscle and may have been robbed of some athleticism as a result of the procedures. He'll likely open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and shift to injured reserve if he fails to demonstrate substantial progress prior to the start of the season.
Miller (knee) said he hopes to play football again, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Miller also said his knee is now "stable" after undergoing nine surgeries on his left leg in the last three months, which included a procedure to repair his PCL and LCL in addition to the ruptured popliteal artery that prevented blood from reaching his lower leg. However, there's no guarantee he'll ever return to the field again, let alone for the 2018 season. Miller's currently waiting for his knee to "heal enough to start rehabilitation" and is without any sort of timeline for recovery.
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