Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller underwent emergency surgery Sunday night with vascular surgeons working to save his injured left leg.
ESPN reported the severity of the injury and nature of the surgery, which was later confirmed by the Bears in a Monday afternoon statement.
Update from the Chicago Bears on status of TE Zach Miller. pic.twitter.com/zJUf9W8Hh3
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 30, 2017
Coach John Fox said Miller stayed overnight in New Orleans on Sunday where the surgery was performed.
Miller caught what appeared to be a touchdown in the third quarter of a loss to the Saints. When he landed awkwardly, Bears medical personnel rushed to the field and kept Miller from standing for several minutes.
Vascular surgeons are trying to save Bears TE Zach Miller’s leg, not just his career, per @mortreport.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2017
Major artery damage in his left leg was discovered at a hospital in New Orleans and Miller required a team of vascular surgeons who performed a grafting procedure. Tissue from Miller’s right leg was used to repair the arterial damage, per ESPN.
The injury compares to the dislocated knee and torn ACL suffered by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was also in danger of losing his leg but prompt response and reconstructive surgery curbed that fear.
“I’m glad everyone reacted in a timely manner,” Bridgewater said of his own injury in 2016.