Miller improving

Jim Miller returned to practice Wednesday, but at a reduced role. The quarterback, who usually throws 150 balls in practice, put 20-25 in the air in an attempt to save his arm for the game Sunday at Minnesota.

Head coach Dick Jauron didn't name a starter stating that it was too early in the week to be able to tell if Miller will be ready to play.

Jim Miller said that the pain in his right shoulder and elbow isn't any better without rest despite the fact that he has been icing and taking anti-inflammatory medications, so it's something he'll have to deal with until after the season.

"You go out and you play and you throw and that's all you do," Miller said. "But I don't think anybody on this team is 100 percent. I don't think anybody throughout the NFL is 100 percent. That's just the facts of our business."

Earlier in the week Miller denied a report that said he had a torn rotator cuff, but said Wednesday he could seek a second opinion on the tendinitis.

"I trust implicitly what Dr. (Mark) Bowen and Dr. (Gordon) Nuber say," Miller said. "It's just basically you have to cover all your bases."

Miller is not the only Bears quarterback that is in pain. Chris Chandler's left hand is swollen following a hit against the Lions.

Christian Peter took the reps with first team meaning he will likely replace Alfonso Boone as the starting right defensive tackle against the Vikings. Boone has struggled to make plays since replacing the injured Ted Washington.

Peter has started 31 games in his six-year career.

It took Vinny Sutherland being winded following a 17-yard return and a 63-yard scamper by Ahmad Merritt to be named the kick returner.

Return to action
Safety Damon Moore returned to practice Wednesday, his first action with the team since signing in the offseason. Moore was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List on Aug. 30 due to a knee injury suffered in the NFC Championship game requiring offseason surgery. The Bears have 21 days to evaluate his recovery before they must activate him, place him on Injured Reserve or waive him. The Bears' observation window closes on Nov. 13, the Wednesday prior to Chicago's Monday night game at St. Louis.

Jauron cautioned that is was too early to tell when Moore will be ready to play.

"It was good to have him out there," Jauron said. After a layoff like he's had, that's an awfully short time, particularly when we're in in-season practices. It's not like training camp. It's a little different, not as long, not as many practices in pads. That would be a stretch."

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