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No suspension for Bears WR Anthony Miller, but fine likely

Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will not be suspended for punching Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson in Sunday’s playoff game, sources said.

Matt Nagy walks away from receiver Anthony Miller after he was ejected from the Bears’ playoff loss in January.
Bears coach Matt Nagy walks away from receiver Anthony Miller after the latter was ejected Sunday.
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Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will not be suspended for punching Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson in Sunday’s playoff game, sources said.

Rather, his punishment is being processed through the league’s standard discipline process and will likely result in a fine. Players can be fined $35,096 for fighting.

Whether Miller did irreparable harm to his Bears career is another question. The team spent 15 minutes Wednesday watching film clips of Gardner-Johnson, a notorious pest, goading opponents into reacting. The message was: do not engage him.

Miller did. In the third quarter, he hit him once with his right hand after Gardner-Johnson approached to his left after a third-down play.

Miller knew first-hand the problems that could come of it. In Week 8, fellow Bears receiver Javon Wims punched Gardner-Johnson — twice — and was ejected and suspended. Receivers coach Mike Furrey, who had warned his players at the time not to engage with Gardner-Johnson, later said Wims was lucky to still have a job when he came off suspension.

A former second-round pick, Miller just finished a disappointing third season.