Chicago Bears tight end and former UNO quarterback Zach Miller underwent emergency surgery in New Orleans Sunday night following a gruesome knee injury he suffered against the New Orleans Saints.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, surgeons worked to repair artery damage that occurred when Miller dislocated his knee and were attempting to save his leg.
Miller’s injury is not just season-ending and potentially career-ending, but life-threatening as well.
“He’ll be in our thoughts and prayers,” Bears head coach John Fox.
Teammates were stunned by the severity of Miller’s injury and many instantly saw slow-motion replays of the moment Miller’s knee dislocated as officials reviewed whether or not Miller scored a touchdown. They eventually rules Miller did not maintain possession of the ball and the touchdown disallowed.
“To go from the elation of, 'What a play, what a throw!' in that situation of the game to overturn and Zach obviously being injured … it's really unfortunate,” offensive lineman Kyle Long told The Chicago Tribune. “We lost a really good guy today.
Miller was a three-sport athlete at Wahoo Bishop Neumann High School, earning all-state honors his senior year. After his career at UNO, Miller was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009 in the 6th round.