The injury odyssey of Zach Miller took another cruel turn Thursday night when the tight end injured his foot in the first quarter of the Jacksonville game and was placed on injured reserve Friday.
With him goes a hoped-for component of the Bears’ 2014, specifically a second pass-catching tight end to complement Martellus Bennett. Miller’s injury comes after No. 3 wide receiver Marquess Wilson suffered a broken collarbone in practice at Bourbonnais, leaving the Bears with a quest to find a strong option after starters Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.
In Miller’s spot in the current 90-man roster the Bears signed rookie undrafted free agent Kofi Hughes from Indiana. Hughes has been with Washington and Houston this offseason. Hughes had 132 receptions for 1,956 yards and 13 touchdowns in 45 career games with 31 starts at Indiana from 2010-13.
Miller had played just four games over the past three seasons, limited to those four in 2011 before going on IR with Jacksonville and then missing all of 2012 and 2013 with injuries.