By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 9:48 pm in Mid-week.
Some pretty significant news out of practice tonight: Tight end Anthony Miller had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday and will miss at least Saturday’s game against Oregon State.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Miller has been bothered by knee problems for a while but pulled a muscle near the knee during the win over Arizona State. An MRI showed excessive bleeding in the muscle, and doctors were concerned that there may be a bigger problem with the knee. The only way to determine if there was any damage to the knee was to get it scoped.
The good news for Miller and the Bears is the surgeons didn’t find any major damage. They made a minor trim to his meniscus but other than that it was fine. Tedford said there is a chance Miller could be back for next Saturday’s game against Arizona State.
It’s a pretty big loss for the Bears. Miller was really developing into a top-flight tight end, as a pass-catcher and at the point of attack. He is third on the team with 17 catches, including three against the Sun Devils.
Tedford said Skylar Curran will start in Miller’s place on Saturday with Jarrett Sparks backing up. We also may see more of Spencer Ladner, who has been slowly working his way back from his own knee injury.
–Jahvid Best has sat out the past two days of practice but is expected to practice Thursday. It’s not because of his lingering foot injury or the ankle he tweaked against ASU. It turns out Best suffered a slight concussion against the Sun Devils and the Bears are being very cautious. Best also has a cold. He said he could have practiced today but the team wanted him to rest one more day. He is expected to play Saturday.
–It’s looking more and more as though left guard Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder) and nose tackle Derrick Hill (stinger) will miss another week. Neither has practiced this week and Tedford termed them both as doubtful tonight.
Tedford said Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will continue to split playing time filling in for Summers-Gavin. Aaron Tipoti will continue to play in place of Hill.