Bears coach John Fox said Monday afternoon that doctors “feel good” about Zach Miller’s recovery from a serious leg injury he suffered Sunday.
“It’s obviously going to take awhile for it to make sure that it remains good,” Fox told reporters. “But he’s got good pulse in his lower leg as well as good feeling. His foot is warm, which is a good sign. Not saying he’s out of the woods by any stretch, but it’s as good as can be expected at this point. I’d appreciate it if you’d keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Bears tight end underwent urgent vascular surgery in New Orleans on Sunday night to repair a torn popliteal artery in his dislocated left knee after he was carted off the field in Chicago’s loss to the Saints earlier Sunday, the team announced Monday.
Doctors were able to stabilize his injury after a successful surgery and Miller remains hospitalized for further evaluation as he begins his long road to recovery.
According to ESPN, surgeons fought to save Miller’s leg during the procedure.
Source: Zach Miller’s popliteal artery in left knee was found “shredded from above the knee joint to below the knee” by vascular surgeons.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 30, 2017
Fox did not confirm that report
“I don’t want to go down that path,” Fox said. “I’m not a doctor. I don’t know. But I think they feel good about where he is right now as it relates to that.”
Miller suffered the brutal injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game while making an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but a replay review overturned the call as he was carted off the field with his leg in an aircast.
Fox said he talked with Miller earlier Monday and he was in good spirits, but, “He pretty much wanted his touchdown back.”
As news of his troubling diagnosis broke, current and former players from around the league took to Twitter to wish Miller well.
RT to show @ZMiller86 some love, Chicago. #DaBears pic.twitter.com/ZpCoDlKEFm
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 29, 2017
Praying for my brother @ZMiller86 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Mason_Foster (@Mason_Foster) October 30, 2017
Prayers up for my brother @ZMiller86 !!! 🙏🏽 #Family
— Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) October 30, 2017
This man @ZMiller86 caught a ball in the EZ while he simultaneously broke his leg, he tends to his leg & Refs say no TD Praying 4 you Zach🙏🏾
— ANTHONY ADAMS (@spiceadams) October 29, 2017
Sending prayers your way this morning @ZachMiller86 praying for God to cover you! Heal up brother!
— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) October 30, 2017
Best wishes to Zach Miller… god bless brotha
— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) October 30, 2017
Everybody take a moment out your day and send @ZachMiller86 good vibes and prayers…may God work thru the docs and nurses op’ing on him.
— Chris Hairston (@C_Hairston75) October 30, 2017