Zach Miller Injury: Updates on Seahawks TE's Foot

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIJanuary 13, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:   Zach Miller #86 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller left his team’s Divisional Round matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter after injuring his foot. 

The Tacoma News Tribune’s Eric Williams reported the following on Miller’s condition:

#Seahawks TE Zach Miller has a foot injury. His return is questionable.

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) January 13, 2013

After briefly sitting out, Miller returned at the end of the quarter and was able to record two receptions. 

Miller pulled in 38 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. He was the Seahawks’ third-leading receiver behind Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.

The Oakland Raiders picked Miller in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Arizona State, and he quickly showed that he had the size and athleticism to be an effective receiving threat.

He had his most productive season in 2009 when he had 66 catches for 805 yards and three touchdowns. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2010, and in the offseason prior to the 2011 season, Seattle signed him to a five-year, $34 million deal.

Miller has not equaled the production he displayed as a Raider, but this is largely due to the Seahawks heavy emphasis on the running game. Seattle ran the ball more times than any team in the league during the regular season.

Quarterback Russell Wilson does not have an abundance of talented receivers, and if Miller’s injury continues to hamper him, it will make it even more difficult for the rookie to have success through the air. With Seattle falling behind early against the Falcons, it will need players to get open down the field.