Things aren't looking too good for Bears reserve tight end Gabe Miller right now.
Miller already was a long shot to make the Bears' 53-man roster with Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri, Fendi Onobun and Kyle Adams in front of him on the depth chart.
And now he's suspended.
Miller will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the coming season for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy.
Miller did take part in the Bears' organized team activities at Halas Hall on Tuesday and is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. But he will not be allowed to participate in any team activity for the first four weeks of the regular season. Miller can return to the Bears' active roster on Sept. 30.
"I would like to apologize to the entire Bears organization as well as our fans for taking a substance during the offseason that is prohibited by the NFL without a medical exemption," Miller said in a statement. "While it was an isolated incident, I regret the poor judgment I showed and accept full responsibility for this mistake along with the punishment that comes with it. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard and contribute in any way I can. I look forward to having the opportunity to make this up to the people that I have disappointed."
Miller, an Oregon State product who was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, was signed to the Bears' practice squad in September. He was then signed to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 31 along with five other players.