Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Bears' Miller Has Surgery to Try to Save Left Leg

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Bears' Miller Has Surgery to Try to Save Left Leg

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Bears' Miller has surgery in effort to save left leg

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller had surgery in attempt to save his left leg after he suffered a torn artery when the knee was dislocated while he played Sunday in New Orleans.

The team said the "urgent" operation Sunday to repair a torn popliteal artery was successful. Miller remained at University Medical Center New Orleans, along with team medical personnel, his wife and his father.

Coach John Fox said a vein was taken from the right leg to fix his left one. He said the pulse in Miller's lower leg was good and that he had feeling in his foot on that leg.

"Not that he's out of the woods by any stretch but it's as good as could be expected at this point," Fox said.

Amputation appears unlikely because Miller received immediate attention.

"If you don't have blood flow to the leg and it's been more than eight hours, you can have a likelihood of having to amputate the leg as high as 80-plus percent," said Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. "But in his (case), everything was very timely. Everyone saw it. The injury had immediate attention to it."

Miller was injured when he landed in an end zone while attempting to catch a 25-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky. After a replay review, officials ruled the ball hit the ground when Miller bobbled it on his way down and it was incomplete.

The injury is the latest in a long line for Miller. This one puts his career in jeopardy.

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