Still in doubt

Jim Miller didn't practice on Monday and his status for Sunday's game at Detroit is in doubt. However, Dick Jauron did end any building quarterback controversy.

Jauron said that Jim Miller is the team's starting quarterback when healthy. The Bears should have a better idea Wednesday if Miller will be able to go against the Vikings.

"We'll come out Wednesday we'll have these next two days rest and then see on Wednesday how it feels," Miller said. "Then I'm sure it will be a day-to-day thing. It's feeling better then what it was."

Miller denied a report that he has a torn rotator cuff that would cause him to miss the rest of the season.

Other injuries: John Davis left the game after the first play and never returned. Chris had new cast placed on his right thumb, but according to Jauron it nowhere near as serious of the injury that forced him to miss the majority of training camp. Reggie Austin checked out OK after being momentarily knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit with Detroit guard Ray Brown, who at 318 pounds outweighs Austin by about 140 pounds.

Fred Baxter spent the night in Detroit. He didn't stay at the hospital, but was checked for a possible injury to the kidneys. Everything indicated that he was OK so he spent the night in a hotel there and came back this morning, so we'll just have to wait and see how all of those guys are for this upcoming week.

Obvious choice: Jauron hesitated to name Ahmad Merritt his kick return and a decision wouldn't be made until later in the week. However, it was obvious to Jauron and everyone else watching the game Sunday that Merritt had the best return of the day at 63 yards.

Vinny Sutherland averaged just 16.3 yards on three return attempts and could be subject to the waiver wire in the coming day, but Jauron defended Sutherland's lack of production.

"I thought Vinny hit the ball up in there, I don't know that there was a lot there for him," Jauron said.

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