Billy Miller

Saints tight end Billy Miller’s season is likely over. Millers suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in Thursday night’s preseason finale. The injury occurred in the second quarter in the Saints 10-7 loss to the Dolphins.


Miller on Friday told media he didn’t think the injury was serious at first, “I was running a route and I thought somebody kicked me in the back of my heel,” Millers recounted. “I was laying there and just wanted to get up and didn’t necessarily have much pain at all, but after this morning it was pretty clear cut.”


On the sidelines following the injury, a tearful Miller was surrounded by many teammates expressing well wishes, a gesture that was not lost in the moment. “This locker room is my family and they understand that. If it takes my Achilles or whatever for this team to be successful I’d give them anything I got,” said Miller. “Now that I might be sidelined for a while I’m still going to the games, be as supportive as I can, and try to help some of these young tight ends out to try and make sure Shockey is not barring the whole load, and that we get some guys in there to help him.”


“It’s heartbreaking just cause you know what he means to the team. He is the prototypical guy that we look for we look for for this team,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of Miller. “Extremely high character, nothing has ever been given to him, he’s always had to fight for every inch ever since his first game in the league. My heart goes out to him, he’s a great friend, a great teammate and I’m very confidant that he’ll come back stronger than ever. He might end up missing the whole season but he’s a guy who I know will come back better than ever.”


The Saints were thin at the tight end position prior to losing Miller. Currently the roster has just a pair of healthy tight ends in Jeremy Shockey and Buck Ortega.

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