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Bears' Zach Miller, Eddie Royal enter NFL concussion protocol

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A pair of key offensive players for the Chicago Bears are unavailable until further notice.

Tight end Zach Miller and receiver Eddie Royal are both in the NFL’s mandated concussion protocol, the Bears announced.

Miller practiced Sunday -- and even spoke to the media at the Olivet Nazarene dining hall -- but later experienced delayed symptoms that he reported to the team.

“He felt a little funny last night and didn’t feel as good this morning, so we just shut it down,” coach John Fox said. “He’ll go through the NFL’s concussion protocol.”

Royal briefly participated in Monday’s practice before he went back to the locker room.

Both are important members on offense. Miller, the Bears’ No. 1 tight end, enjoyed a breakout year in 2016 with 34 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns.

Royal, 30, is one season removed from catching 62 balls for 778 yards and seven touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers. Royal, who had 37 receptions for 238 yards and a score in his first season with the Bears, battled injuries much of last year but is still one of Chicago’s top three targets at wide receiver.

Also, first-round pick Leonard Floyd experienced another minor setback, suffering a shoulder injury that caused him to have limited participation. Floyd has already missed time in camp due to an illness that required him to exit the practice field on Day 1. But Fox seemed unfazed by Floyd’s latest ailment.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to camp where guys didn’t miss time,” Fox said. “He did a lot of good stuff in the offseason, and he’ll continue to improve as we go.”

Cornerback Kyle Fuller (ankle sprain), tight end Ben Braunecker (ankle) and receiver Josh Bellamy (ankle) were also banged up on the practice field, while right guard Kyle Long sat out again because of a left calf sprain. Long’s health, however, is improving each day.