Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Roy Miller, who suffered a partial left MCL tear in the first preseason game, said he hopes to return to practice next week and play in the exhibition finale against the Redskins.
Miller said surgery hasn't been talked about, but acknowledges he'll have to play through some pain this season.
"Everybody I've talked to with (an MCL injury) say it lingers," Miller said. "So hopefully it won't, but I've played through injuries before, it's nothing new. I feel good about it, I feel confident in it. Been working out hard, should be back there 100-percent soon...
"Just going to have to fight through it this year."
For all the talk about touted draft picks, DEs Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, as well as DT Gerald McCoy, defensive line coach Keith Millard has said it all starts with Miller in the middle, taking on double teams and stopping the run. But Miller knows how important it is to get on the field before the season starts.
"I know I need the reps," Miller said. "It's crazy, cause the lockout and everything, we haven't been able to get on the same page as far as hands, feet, everything. I just need every single rep I can get, so we'll see how it comes. I feel pretty confident in the stuff that I've been picking up over the years."