Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller likely out for season with ankle injury


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BOISE, Idaho — Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller is likely out for the season because he has to undergo surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left ankle.

Broncos coach Bryan Harsin announced Sunday that the senior from Helena, Montana, would have surgery on Monday.

Harsin says doctors didn't expect Miller's injury to improve enough for him to be able to play this season. The goal is for Miller to be well enough to try to participate in the NFL Combine in February, Harsin said.

"He's going to move on and play football again," as a pro, Harsin said. "It was hard. I said, 'Just do it.' I said, 'Get it done, because you're going to have a chance to play again.'"

Miller holds the Boise State career record with 244 catches, but is 15 yards short of breaking the career record for receiving yards. He ranks third in receiving touchdowns, first in single-season receptions and caught at least one pass in all 44 games he's played in for the Broncos.

Miller made 28 catches for 461 yards and three touchdowns this season and passed for a score in the team's Sept. 13 win at Connecticut.

"Matt Miller is one of the toughest human beings I've ever been around in this game," offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said Sunday. "This whole year, including spring ball, including fall camp and including the first five games he was in for — he would never say anything about it, but I think he was playing well below 100 percent in terms of being healthy. He had some nagging injuries going on. When they had a chance to really go in and look at everything after he did sustain his lower-leg injury, it was a pretty significant injury."

Miller is helping to coach the receivers. He traveled to the Nevada game and will make the New Mexico and Wyoming trips if the Broncos have room on their 64-man travel roster, Harsin said.

"He won't be playing for us, but he'll be helping us," Harsin said.

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