Jim Miller has missed the team’s last two games with right shoulder and elbow tendinitis and wanted a second opinion on the diagnosis from East Coast specialist Dr. Jack Kelley on Monday.
It was determined Miller’s rotator cuff is not damaged severely, but could still require surgery after the season. However, for the time being it means Miller does not risk additional injury by playing. It then becomes a question of how much pain he can play with in his elbow.
Miller plans to test the shoulder and elbow Wednesday and Thursday without holding back.
Depending on how that process goes Miller or Chris Chandler will start Sunday against the Eagles.
Philadelphia is now 5-2 following a 17-3 win over the Giants on Monday night football. The Eagles have one of the best defenses in the game and that doesn’t bode well for a Bears unit that has given up 11 sacks over the last two games.
Bryan Robinson will return to action this week unless the league steps in and suspends him for violating the substance abuse policy.
Alex Brown, who started in place of Robinson, had three tackles and was the only player to put pressure on Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper.
"I thought Alex Brown showed some signs certainly of being the player that we thought he could be and hopefully will become," Jauron said.
Although, Robinson will be back in the starting lineup Brown’s play warrants more playing time. By next season the defensive line could incorporate both players at the same time.
Robinson could move inside to defensive tackle with Brown starting at right end, which would allow Phillip Daniels to go to the left side. The chances of both Keith Traylor and Ted Washington being with the Bears next season aren’t good.