Chicago Bears tight end Zachary Miller practiced Saturday for the first time since entering the NFL’s concussion protocol 13 days ago.
Miller was officially listed as having limited participation.
"It's not fun to sit out, so it's great to be back," the 31-year-old said.
The depleted Bears offense badly needs Miller, who caught a career high 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.
All five of Miller’s touchdowns occurred in the final eight games he played. His 87-yard touchdown catch Week 10 at St. Louis is the second-longest reception by a Bears tight end and tied for the seventh-longest overall in franchise history.
Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds now that the Bears parted ways with Bennett.