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Lamar Miller

Washington Redskins
Running Back #26
Washington Redskins
Running Back #26
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Lamar Miller News

Works out for San Fran

The 49ers brought in Miller for a workout Monday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Miller has appeared in just one game since 2018, but the 49ers are desperate as they deal with injuries to nearly every one of their rostered running backs. San Francisco also worked out Duke Johnson and T.J. Yeldon.

Sep 20, 2021 1:15 PM EST


Let go by Washington

Miller will be released by Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old back last saw significant NFL action back in 2018, so it's not a big surprise to see him let go by Washington. Miller will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth option, but at this stage he seems unlikely to emerge as a fantasy option in 2021.

Aug 15, 2021 8:31 AM EST



Staying with WFT

Miller is signing a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Football Team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After missing the entire 2019 campaign with an ACL tear, Miller spent time in Chicago and then Washington in 2020, making his lone game appearance Week 10 for the Bears. He'll turn 30 this spring and won't face an easy task to earn a spot on the Week 1 roster. Washington has both Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic under contract for the upcoming season.

Mar 17, 2021 7:34 AM EST


Barely plays in 2020

Miller played one game during the 2020 season, suiting up for the Bears in Week 10 and catching two passes for six yards.

Analysis: Coming back from his summer 2019 knee injury, Miller signed with the Patriots in August but was then released in early September. He later spent time with Chicago and Washington, logging a grand total of five snaps. The veteran running back can become an unrestricted free agent in March, a month before his 30th birthday.

Jan 18, 2021 6:37 AM EST


Sitting out Saturday

Miller (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Miller has yet to play a game since signing with Washington on Dec. 16. Antonio Gibson figures to lead the team's backfield in its first playoff appearance since 2015. J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber should rotate in as well.

Jan 9, 2021 4:12 PM EST



Healthy scratch again

Miller (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: Miller hasn't made an appearance for Washington since being signed off Chicago's practice squad Dec. 16. With Antonio Gibson (toe) suiting up Sunday, the Football Team isn't in need of Miller's presence as an emergency option.

Jan 3, 2021 4:34 PM EST


Healthy scratch for Week 16

Miller (coach's decision) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old was signed off the Bears' practice squad Dec. 16, but he's yet to make an appearance for his new team. Miller was still working his way through league COVID-19 when Washington hosted Seattle last Sunday, but this time around, he's been sidelined by a coach's decision. With Antonio Gibson (toe) making his first appearance since Week 13, and J.D. McKissic playing his usual passing-downs role, Peyton Barber will be the only other back on Washington's gameday roster.

Dec 27, 2020 11:54 AM EST


Provides depth behind Gibson

Miller, who is slated to join Washington via Chicago's practice squad, won't be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post and JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

Analysis: Per the reports, the veteran running back will need to go through COVID-19 testing protocols before he's eligible to suit up for Washington. In that event, he'd be available for the team's last two regular-season games, as well as the playoffs, should Washington qualify. Miller provides the team with added backfield depth, with Antonio Gibson dealing with a toe injury, but it remains to be seen how much of a role he'll carve out, with Peyton Barber (ankle) and J.D. McKissic also in the mix.

Dec 17, 2020 5:06 AM EST


Signs with WFT

Miller was signed off Chicago's practice squad by Washington on Wednesday and will make his debut Sunday against Seattle, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Miller will be active against the Seahawks since Washington signed him off another team's practice squad. The 29-year-old running back's best days are almost certainly behind him given Chicago's lack of willingness to use him despite a lack of depth at the position behind David Montgomery, but Miller should get some looks with his new team with starter Antonio Gibson battling a toe injury.

Dec 16, 2020 12:50 PM EST


Returns to practice squad

Miller reverted to the Bears' practice squad after Monday's 19-13 loss to the Vikings, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The 29-year-old was elevated to the active roster for Monday's contest and made his team debut with two receptions for six yards. David Montgomery (concussion) was inactive but will have the bye week to recover before potentially missing additional contests. Miller could fill a minor role Week 12 versus Green Bay if he's again promoted from the practice squad.

Nov 17, 2020 4:23 PM EST


Pair of receptions in Chicago debut

Miller caught two passes for six yards in Chicago's 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

Analysis: With David Montgomery sitting this game out with a concussion, Miller was given a small role in the offense and caught each of his two targets. If Montgomery continues to miss time after the Bears' Week 11 bye, Miller could have a similar role in Week 12 against the Packers.

Nov 16, 2020 8:49 PM EST


Officially added to active roster

Miller has been officially promoted to the Bears' active roster in advance of Monday night's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: With David Montgomery (concussion) out this week, Miller joins a Chicago backfield that also includes Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce. Miller was a lead back for much of his first seven seasons in the NFL while with the Dolphins and Texans, but the 29-year-old hasn't played in a game since tearing his ACL during the 2019 preseason. With that in mind, it remains to be seen how heavily he'll be used Monday, with a hot hand approach likely to dictate the team's Week 10 carries.

Nov 16, 2020 2:15 PM EST


Will join Chicago for Monday night

The Bears plan to elevate Miller from their practice squad ahead of Monday's game against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Look for Chicago to make Miller's move to the roster official at some point Monday, as the team turns to the veteran to provide another healthy body in the backfield with top option David Montgomery (concussion) ruled out for the Week 10 matchup. Though Miller boasts more experience than any of the Bears' other options at the position (Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce), the 29-year-old can't be considered a lock to serve as Chicago's lead back like he was for much of his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Dolphins and Texans. Miller hasn't played in a game since tearing his ACL in the 2019 preseason and probably won't be asked to handle a major workload in his Bears debut.

Nov 15, 2020 8:55 AM EST


Closing in on promotion

Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Miller's "looking better and better each week" and is "getting close," Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Miller remains on Chicago's practice squad, and Nagy's words suggest that the running back might still be getting up to speed physically in his recovery from a torn ACL. Once the team deems Miller ready, he should be elevated to the 53-man roster and join a thin backfield headlined by David Montgomery and jack-of-all-trades Cordarrelle Patterson.

Oct 28, 2020 12:14 PM EST


Links up with Bears practice squad

The Bears are slated to sign Miller to their practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Miller was among a number of running backs to work out for the Bears this week after Tarik Cohen tore his ACL in Week 3. If he's able to gain the favor of coach Matt Nagy and be signed to the active roster, Miller likely would slot in behind starter David Montgomery. Still, Miller hasn't played in an NFL game since the wild-card round for the Texans on Jan. 5, 2019, so it remains to be seen what he can contribute to Chicago's offense.

Oct 2, 2020 2:21 PM EST


Visiting with Bears

Miller is among the group of running backs working out for the Bears in the wake of Tarik Cohen's season-ending ACL tear, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chicago doesn't have any established options at the position behind David Montgomery, so the Bears would like to add a veteran presence. It remains to be seen whether Miller's that guy.

Sep 30, 2020 1:43 PM EST


Schedules visit with Colts

Miller is set to visit Indianapolis in the wake of Marlon Mack (Achilles) suffering a season-ending injury, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Miller, who spent training camp in New England, also recently logged a visit with the Bills. The veteran could make sense as a depth option for the Colts, as Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are currently the only healthy running backs on the team's roster. The 29-year-old averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2018, and he looks back to full health after having missed all of 2019 due to an ACL tear.

Sep 14, 2020 2:01 PM EST


Visit with Bills planned

GM Brandon Beane confirmed that the Bills plan to bring Miller in for a visit, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Beane made it clear that no signing is imminent, noting that Miller's pending visit is "exploratory" and there's "a long way to go before we know if we'd add him to our roster." There had been some speculation that Miller, who was cut by the Patriots this past weekend, could end up on New England's practice squad or on IR under this season's less restrictive parameters. If Miller did end up joining the Bills down the road, however, he'd provide the team with veteran depth behind Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, and in the process supplant either T.J. Yeldon or Taiwan Jones.

Sep 7, 2020 7:31 AM EST


Cut by Patriots

The Patriots have released Miller, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The move is a bit surprising, but Miller is bouncing back from an ACL injury and may need a little more time to return to his pre-injury form, as New England running backs coach Ivan Fears recently suggested, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. As Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican notes, it's still possible that the Patriots could bring Miller back at a later date.

Sep 5, 2020 8:50 AM EST


Fellow running back injured

A hand injury may threaten the Week 1 status of Miller's teammate, Damien Harris, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: Harris was trending toward a key role in the Patriots' backfield to start the season, but his potential absence could create added early-season opportunities for last year's lead back Sony Michel, and perhaps Miller to a lesser extent, with pass-catching back James White and versatile Rex Burkhead also on hand. It may be a stretch to think that Miller -- who missed the 2019 season with a torn ACL -- is ready for a big workload out of the gate, but running backs coach Ivan Fears believes that 29-year-old, who averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2018, can "bounce back and be the guy he was," while adding that he's sure "that's going to take a little time." The first order of business for Miller will be securing a roster spot, though it must be noted that some offseason rules changes have given teams added flexibility to stash players, something that could help Miller's cause in that regard.

Sep 3, 2020 9:38 AM EST


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