The Bears got some good news on Monday, as wide receiver Anthony Miller (and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch) returned to practice in limited roles. 

It was the first time since the team broke camp in Bourbonnais that either had practiced, with Miller nursing an ankle sprain and Lynch dealing with an elbow injury. 

Miller led the Bears in touchdown catches last season, though a recurring shoulder injury limited his production in the second half. He finished 2018 with 33 receptions for 423 yards while averaging 12.8 yards per reception. The second-year receiver out of Memphis now has his work cut out for him before the season kicks off on September 5th. 

"When he’s on the field, he’s a playmaker," Matt Nagy said on Monday. "He can make plays. He’s a weapon for us. But we right now, just having him out the last several weeks, we’ve got to make sure he stays inside that playbook and he understands the details of this offense. That’s our focus - making sure he does that. Once you do that in the game, then your volume of plays starts to go up a little bit." 

Miller conceded that there were some minor setbacks with the ankle injury that he suffered in Bourbonnais, but was confident he'd be ready for Week 1. 

"I know everything’s going to click because we work so hard just to make things are right," Miller said. "We also go over things during meetings, so it’s not just on the field. Our chemistry I think is going to be on point this year.”

 

Miller also mentioned that he continues to do rehab on his shoulder to keep its strength up. That work is more of a continual process, however, and he noted that the area was pain-free.