Miller time coming to an end?

<!--Default NodeId For Jim Miller is 292233,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292233]>Jim Miller</A> has played through tendinitis for the majority of the season, but is it time for the Bears to put him on Injured Reserve?

With four games remaining on the schedule the only thing the Bears can do in terms of winning games is move them further away from drafting a quarterback.

As it stands through Week 13 the Bears are tied with four other teams for the second worst record in football at 3-9.

Head coach Dick Jauron has said that Miller can't do any further damage to his arm, but either way he'll need corrective surgery.

"Right now the way it's feeling, I would think that something probably has to be done," Jauron said. "Because like I said, it's not right. I know it's not right. It's not just one thing. There've been a slew of things that have gone on. So we'll just see how it goes at the end of the year."

If there is any chance Miller needs offseason surgery then why take any chances with your starting quarterback for 2003?

"I think the only thing you'd worry about, you'd have to take obviously a bad hit on it," Miller said. "You've got to remember it's the same shoulder I did the separation with and probably that's not fully healed well yet either. So I'm just kind of dealing with a lot of things there. It would take I would think a pretty good hit like a body slam or something like that. Knock on wood, hopefully nothing like that happens."

GM Jerry Angelo has deemed quarterback a need position in next April's draft, but even if the Bears draft one in the first-round it's highly unlikely a rookie will be able to start.

The Bears still see themselves as a team that can win, so starting a rookie would hinder that chance. Miller would be the guy with whomever they select being groomed as the backup.

So, rest Miller the rest of the year and let Henry Burris or even Cory Sauter start the remaining four games.

The problem is the team hasn't even talked about that possibility.

"We haven't talked about that," Jauron said. "I don't think Jimmy would be very pleased with that.

"One thing I have learned through all these injuries is things can change day to day, so we'll see how everybody is as we move along, but Jimmy's our guy. Jimmy's been our guy, and he'll stay there as long as he can do it and as long as our people say he's OK to do it."

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