Bears coach John Fox says Zach Miller in good spirits after serious knee injury – Chicago Tribune

The angle at which Zach Miller‘s left leg bent was so horrifically wrong that there was little doubt the Bears tight end was seriously injured Sunday afternoon at the Superdome in New Orleans.

It was so serious, in fact, that Miller needed urgent vascular surgery, a procedure that went beyond trying to save his football career to trying to save his ability to walk.

When Miller landed awkwardly while trying to make a touchdown catch in the Bears’ loss to the Saints, he dislocated his left knee and tore the popliteal artery behind the knee. That is the artery that primarily provides blood flow to the lower part of the leg, and the disruption of blood flow puts amputation into the conversation unless addressed properly, according to three surgeons who deal with such injuries.

The medical staffs of the Bears and the University Medical Center New Orleans did that. Miller quickly went from the stadium to the hospital, where surgeons stabilized the injury by using a vein from his right leg to repair the artery, Bears coach John Fox said.

Bears coach John Fox says Zach Miller in good spirits after serious knee injury – Chicago Tribune

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