Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Roy Miller's toughness on display
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller hasn’t been as productive as the team had hoped he would be when they signed him to a two-year deal last March, but it’s hard to be disappointed in what he has done when you consider that he played nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury that will require offseason surgery.
Coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday that Miller will have surgery to repair a torn labrum. The team placed him on injured reserve on Monday after determining he just didn’t have enough strength remaining in the shoulder.
Miller made 25 tackles, including four for loss, and had two quarterback pressures in 14 games. Those are similar numbers to what he had in his final season in Tampa Bay (23 tackles) in which he played a key role in the defense finishing the season No. 1 against the run.
Bradley called Miller playing through the injury this season “incredible” because of the pounding he took each week on the shoulder. Despite having limitations, Miller never complained and instead worried that he was hurting the team by being on the field.
Bradley assured him he was not. The Jaguars did alter some of their alignments and calls because of the injury but they did that because they wanted to keep Miller, a third-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2009, on the field.
"That was some of the things we were dealing with [were] certain ways he could play the blocks," Bradley said. "Other ways he really struggled. We tried to do some things to eliminate some of that. He fought through it all the way up until this last game and just felt like he had no strength."