TAMPA, Fla. – Fullback Bruce Miller, who has turned into a vital cog in the 49ers’ offense, sustained an injury to his arm that kept him out of action for the final seven minutes on Sunday.
Miller caught a 10-yard pass and Tampa Bay safety Keith Tandy delivered a hit to Miller’s left arm, forcing him to fumble out of bounds. The play provided the 49ers with a first down on the clinching field goal drive in the 49ers’ 33-14 victory.
“We’ll take a closer look at it, but it’s just a stinger,” Miller said. “Just the soreness, it feels like it (the pain) is all over.”
Miller was wearing a sling after the game and required assistance to pull on a sweatshirt for the team's trip home. He did not undergo X-rays at Raymond James Stadium because there was swelling in his arm, he said. He is scheduled for X-rays on Monday in the Bay Area.
When asked if he fears the injury could be long term, Miller said, “No, no. I’ve felt this feeling before.”
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Miller matched a career-high with four receptions for 26 yards in the 49ers’ victory.
Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey was the only other 49ers player with a reported injury during the game. Dorsey sustained a right knee injury on the first defensive play of the game, but he returned to action on the next series and contributed to a defensive performance that limited the Buccaneers to just 39 yards rushing on 12 attempts.