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Bears’ Miller, Booker and Brown Hurt

January 19, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Bears were hit with a rash of injuries Saturday in their playoff game against Philadelphia, with quarterback Jim Miller and receiver Marty Booker separating shoulders and safety Mike Brown suffering a mild concussion.

Miller was not expected to play again, while Booker and Brown returned in the second half.

Eagles starting cornerback Troy Vincent left the game in the first half with a pulled groin muscle. He did not return.

Miller separated his right shoulder after he was wrestled to the ground by defensive end Hugh Douglas with 12:47 left in the first half. Philadelphia’s Damon Moore intercepted Miller’s pass at the Eagles 2, and during the return, Douglas went at Miller and threw him on the ground.

After Miller sat on the bench for several minutes, he was taken to the locker room. Shane Matthews replaced Miller at quarterback on the Bears’ next series.

On the third play of the second half, Eagles safety Rashard Cook wrapped his arms around Booker and drove him into the ground. The Bears leading receiver writhed in pain as he rolled over, and he stayed on the ground for several minutes.

He walked to the sidelines, his right arm limp, and was taken to the locker room. Officials announced he’d separated his right shoulder, but he was back in the game within about 10 minutes of the injury.

Brown was pursuing Eagles return man Brian Mitchell on a punt when they collided helmet-to-helmet. Mitchell walked off unscathed, but Brown dropped to the ground in front of the Chicago bench.

He stayed there for a few minutes, and still appeared groggy as he was led to the bench. He sat with a towel over his head as trainers talked to him. He got up briefly and walked around, but soon returned to the bench.

Brown returned to play for the Bears’ first defense series of the fourth quarter.

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