Bears’ Zach Miller undergoes emergency surgery in effort to save injured leg

NEW ORLEANS — Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller’s leg injury from Sunday’s game could be much more serious than previously thought.

It’s so bad that doctors are more concerned with simply saving Miller’s leg than his career.

On Monday afternoon, the Bears released a statement confirming that the tight end underwent surgery to repair a torn artery in his leg.

“During our game at the New Orleans Saints yesterday, TE Zach Miller sustained a serious injury to his left knee and immediate evaluation from our medical team on site rushed him to nearby University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) for urgent vascular surgery to repair a torn popliteal artery,” said the Bears in a release around 12:30 PM on Monday. “Successful surgery was performed immediately on Sunday by the UMC vascular surgeons to stabilize his injury.

“Zach remains at UMC, along with Bears medical personnel, where he will stay under further evaluation. We are thinking of Zach and his family and support from our entire organization goes out to them.”

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the news this morning, tweeting that Miller had urgent vascular surgery on his leg Sunday night. An artery was damaged in the dislocation, so surgeons grafted tissue from Miller’s healthy leg to repair it.

There’s been no update as to how successful the surgery was, or if Miller is stable just yet.

The injury happened in the third quarter. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw a pass that Miller caught, but Miller dislocated his knee in the process. The touchdown was overturned and Bears settle for a field goal.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.