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Bears work out former Pro Bowl running back Lamar Miller

The nine-year veteran was reportedly one of a handful of running backs the Bears worked out in the wake of Tarik Cohen’s injury.

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The Bears have worked out a group of running backs in the wake of Tarik Cohen’s torn ACL, and among the players they had in was former Pro Bowler Lamar Miller, ESPN’s Field Yates reported on Wednesday.

Miller, 29, was signed by the Patriots in August but failed to make the active roster. Prior to his short-lived stint in New England, he had spent the previous four seasons as the starting running back for the Texans, where he played under current Bears running backs coach Charles London for the first two seasons. He tore his ACL in the third game of the 2019 preseason, but before that he had been one of the league’s more consistent backs.

A fourth-round pick out of Miami (FL) in 2012 by the Dolphins, Miller has amassed 5,808 rushing yards in the seven seasons he has actually played, topping 1,000 yards twice and reaching 800 yards in all but two of them. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2018 season, in which he had 973 yards and 5 touchdowns in 14 games on 210 carries. Miller served as the starting running back for the Dolphins from 2013 to 2015 before signing a four-year deal with Houston in 2016.

The other running backs to work out with the team were former Titans back Dalyn Dawkins, journeyman veteran Jonathan Williams, and undrafted rookie Tavien Feaster out of South Carolina.

While no signings from the workout have been made as of this writing, Miller would certainly bring some experience to the team’s running back group. Though they brought Artavis Pierce up to the active roster on Tuesday and also have Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall to spell David Montgomery out of the backfield, the Bears have a generally unproven group at the position.