Miller to miss 2nd straight start

After Jim Miller missed the Lions game with right shoulder and elbow tendinitis it looked as if the quarterback would return to the starting lineup against Minnesota following a Wednesday's practice. However, that won't happen and may not for quite a while.

Head coach Dick Jauron said the pain in Jim Miller's right arm was too severe Thursday to let doctors clear him to play, so Chris Chandler start his second straight game.

"We said Monday Jimmy would be our guy if he was healthy and 100 percent, or close to it, or good enough to function as a starting quarterback," Jauron said.

"Jimmy is such a warrior, such a competitor," Jauron said. "He's bitterly disappointed about the situation, but we need to do what we think is best for him and our team, and we need to get that thing better as quickly as we can somehow."

Earlier in the week Miller denied a report that said he had a torn rotator cuff, but did admit his elbow was bothering him more than his shoulder. Miller will seek a second opinion on the tendinitis from Dr. Jack Kelly in New Haven, Conn., after Sunday's game.

"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 said he has never had arm trouble - until now - even as far back as high school, when he was an all-state pitcher.

"I've never had a problem with my arm, and for me, that's all I've got is my arm and what I have up here," Miller said, pointing to his head. "There's really not too much else. I've always felt good about my arm; I've never had to ice it, never had to do anything for it."

The Bears dropped a 23-20 overtime decision to Detroit as Chandler completed 16 of 25 passes for 163 yards last week against the Lions, who are 28th in total yards allowed. The Vikings' No. 29 defense, which is 31st in passing yards allowed and 32nd in average gain allowed per pass.

"I think he will be better, I definitely do," head coach Dick Jauron said. "He's got a lot of experience. He's a very good player. We were very fortunate and very happy when we got Chris here, and now he's in there for the second week in a row. I have a lot of confidence in him."

Chandler has found memories of the Metrodome. The last game Chandler in Minnesota was as a member of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 NFC Championship game, completing 27 of 43 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to an upset victory over the Vikings en route to their Super Bowl appearance. Chandler threw the game-tying TD pass with 57 seconds left and completed three-of-three passes for 56 yards in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. Chandler is 2-3 against Minnesota in his career.


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