Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller underwent emergency surgery Sunday night in an effort to save his left leg after dislocating his knee in New Orleans, according to a report.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Monday that vascular surgeons were called in to save Miller’s leg from amputation after he damaged an artery in his knee during the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Saints. The procedure was “more significant” than a regular dislocation, and included grafting tissue from Miller’s other leg to repair the damaged artery, per the report.
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Miller, 33, suffered the gruesome injury when he landed awkwardly while attempting to catch a 25-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky over Saints safety Rafael Bush in the end zone. Though his right knee made initial contact with the field, Miller’s left knee buckled as it landed with most of his weight.
Former Raiders running back Napoleon McCallum suffered a knee dislocation in 1994, considered one of the most grotesque injuries in NFL history. He suffered nerve and artery damage and was told that his leg would have to be amputated if his surgery didn’t go well. Fortunately, it was successful.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee in August 2016 but did not suffer artery or nerve damage. He hasn’t played since, but could as soon as Week 10.
The concern for Bears tight end Zach Miller isn’t whether he’ll be able to play football; it’s whether or not he’ll be able to walk again.