Miller is the Man for the Job

Jim Miller took all the snaps in practice Wednesday and will likely start against the Packers. Miller, who had made a career high four consecutive starts, didn't play versus Cleveland due to a hip pointer suffered in the Bears victory over San Francisco.

"Jim participated in the whole practice, did all the offensive work, so he should be ready to go," said Dick Jauron. "Probably a little sore, but by Sunday we feel he should be close to all right, as close as you get this time of year."

Miller is still experiencing pain when he twists and throws a football, but he expects to play this weekend. Miller provides an added weapon to the offense that will need all the help it can get as the first place Bears (6-1) prepare to battle second place Green Bay (5-2) in the first of six straight games against division opponents.

Miller is on schedule for a routine recovery from his hip pointer injury, which usually takes ten days to two weeks.

"I'm getting to that point and by Sunday hopefully it'll be dissipated completely," he said. "Basically it's just a deep bone bruise and all the nerves and stuff come to a point on that bone where the muscles meet. You feel all the tingling and the pain from that point, but it feels a lot better now."

Miller's health could be tested early against Green Bay's sack happy defense, which is number one in the league with 30. The Bears offensive line allowed a season high five sacks against the Browns and two starters are probable for Sunday's match up with the Packers.

"Chris (Villarrial) and Brock (Blake Brockermeyer) did not work today," Jauron said. "They'll probably do a little tomorrow and we'll see how they feel. We anticipate they'll both be back by Friday but we'll have to see.

Anthony Thomas and Ted Washington both sat out of Wednesday's practice, but are expected to play Sunday.

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