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Zach Miller injury: Seahawks TE underwent surgery on ankle, per report

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Otto Greule Jr

Zach Miller underwent surgery on his ankle this past week, reports FOX Sports, and will be out "an extended period of time." Miller was on the injury report prior to the Broncos game with that injury but ended up playing. It looks like he either aggravated the issue or decided that it's not something he can play through the whole season. Right now, the hope is that he'll be back for the second-half or end of the season, but there's no specific timeline yet. With Jeremy Lane already on the short-term IR, the Seahawks do not have the option to place Miller on that list.

UPDATE: Here's the range that different sources state Miller will be out...

Taking Miller's place will be second-year tight end Luke Willson, and Cooper Helfet will assume Willson's role as the second, "move" tight end, likely. What Seattle does to bolster depth after that remains to be seen -- they could call up Rashaun Allen or Morrell Presley, two tight ends that were with the team in training camp and preseason, or they could trawl street free agency or the trade market for someone else.

Obviously, if this turns out to be major time missed for Miller, it's a big deal for the Seahawks. Miller is integral in the team's rushing attack as a blocker, and often stays in to block in pass protection, even one-on-one against pass rushing defensive ends. He's played north of 80% of Seattle's snaps this season, so his is a huge role to fill.

We'll add more detail when we hear more.