Miller Undergoes Knee Surgery, Will Miss Saturday's Game

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Tight end Anthony Miller will miss the Cal football team's game against Oregon State after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday to repair damage to the meniscus, coach Jeff Tedford said on Wednesday.

The surgery was performed after an MRI showed significant bleeding in a muscle in Miller's knee, which could have signified a more severe situation where the muscle had torn away from the tendon. The scope, however, showed that the muscle actually had not torn away, but that there was slight damage to the nearby meniscus.

Surgeons only trimmed the meniscus, since it was not damaged to the point of needing to be stitched down. Tedford deemed the results of the operation, "all good news."

Miller had been bothered by the knee prior to last Saturday's game against Arizona State, but felt a different pain after that game that called for the MRI. He was on crutches at practice Wednesday, but Tedford said that the sophomore could be back as soon as next week, depending on how well he rehabs.

Miller has emerged in recent weeks as one of Kevin Riley's most consistent passing targets. He has 17 catches for 245 yards this season, and caught a 22-yard pass on the Bears' game-winning drive against the Sun Devils.

This is the second significant injury sustained by a Cal starting tight end this season, as senior Tad Smith underwent season-ending surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament before the season started.

Skylar Curran will start in Miller's place. Jarrett Sparks may also see increased playing time.

"The good thing about it is Spencer (Ladner is) back and Sparks is back healthy, and Skylar's been playing a lot," Tedford said. "If this were to happen a few weeks ago, we may have been in trouble because our depth was really an issue at that time."

More Injury Updates

-- Tailback Jahvid Best sustained a mild concussion in last Saturday's game and did not practice on Wednesday, but expects to return to practice Thursday. He is also battling cold-like symptoms.

Best said that he wasn't sure if he got the concussion on one specific play. He played the entire game except for the Bears' final offensive drive, when he twisted his ankle, and actually didn't have the concussion diagnosed until Monday.

"There were just slight symptoms, but we wanted to make sure that we are cautious with it," Tedford said.

-- Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder) and Derrick Hill (stinger) are doubtful for Saturday, Tedford said. Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will continue to platoon at left guard in Summers-Gavin's absence.

Tags: JAHVID BEST, JEFF TEDFORD, CAL, CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS, ANTHONY MILLER, CAL FOOTBALL


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