Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy provided some clarity regarding Anthony Miller’s injury situation on the final day of training camp in Bourbonnais:
Matt Nagy confirms Anthony Miller has a sprained ankle. Expects him to be ready for Week 1.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 11, 2019
Nagy confirmed to reporters that Miller suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday’s practice, which was the final one that was open to the public in Bourbonnais. Miller appeared to suffer the injury in a one-on-one drill, but walked off the field under his own power and later tweeted “I’m good” after Saturday’s practice. Nagy did not initially offer up specifics surrounding the injury, but any leg injury serious enough to take a starting wide receiver off the practice field was going to raise levels of concern among Bears fans. So at least the early reports are that the injury will not keep him out for long.
And that brings us to the good news, which is Nagy’s expectation that Miller to be ready for the regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Hooray!
Miller proved to be a tough cookie last year, as he played most of his rookie season with a separated shoulder. Playing through pain did not pop up as an issue for Miller, but that will not keep the Bears from taking every precaution to ensure his full health for the regular season. Remember, Mitch Trubisky posted a 116.4 passer rating and threw 6 touchdowns (and just 1 interception) while targeting Miller last season. If the Bears’ offense is going to click, they will need a healthy Miller lining up out wide (or in the slot … or wherever Nagy’s formations take him).