On the Mend

Starting quarterback Jim Miller hasn't completely recovered from the separated right shoulder he suffered in the playoff loss to the Eagles when Philadelphia's Hugh Douglas tossed him to the ground after an interception.

"I'm about 85 percent right now, but physically I feel strong," Miller said at Halas Hall during the weekend mini-camp. "I did a lot of lifting and rehabbing. I felt pretty good throwing the ball (Friday). I'll just continue to improve. By training camp I shouldn't have any restrictions."

Miller said his shoulder doesn't bother him while throwing but that he sometimes feels some discomfort lifting or stretching, which isn't unusual.

"It normally takes awhile," said Miller, who should know. "I did the same separation on my left shoulder in college. It took me a year-and-a-half to recover from it. It just never healed right. Then I did the same thing to this one. Because of all the throwing and (because) there's a lot of muscle that was already there, it probably made me bounce back a lot quicker."

Miller should be completely healthy by training camp, which is tentatively scheduled to open July 25 with two-a-day practices starting July 26.

If Miller continues to have problems then free agent acquisition Chris Chandler will be ready to step in.

"Hopefully, we go 14 and 2 and I never get to step on the field," Chandler said. "But, I have to prepare like I'm one play away (from getting in the game) and I'm gong to play in every game."

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