Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller is going on Injured Reserve and will be done for the season, coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday.
Miller had ankle surgery following a week three win over Denver with the thought he would be back in four-to-six weeks or so.
But Carroll said the ankle never recovered and it was eventually determined that Miller will not be able to play this year.
“It never really responded the way that they had hoped,” Carroll said. … “He’s going to have to have more attention done to the ankle (meaning, another surgery).
Carroll said he talked to Miler about the decision on Wednesday and that “he’s pretty matter-of-fact about it. He doesn’t feel right. He’s not ready. It’s not like he’s close to getting back. It’s just been a long process.”
Carroll said the second surgery will “get him set up for next year”
Miller restructured his contract in May and is under contract through 2015 (details here).
Carroll says backup tight ends Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet have a chance to play this Sunday at Kansas City despite each battling minor injuries — Willson a sprained ankle and Helfet a banged knee.
The Seahawks have added Allen Bradford to the linebacker to take the place of Miller on the 53-man roster.