Chicago Bears Tight End Zach Miller had a successful surgery to repair a torn artery at New Orleans' University Medical Center, according to the team.
Miller suffered the gruesome leg injury while almost catching a touchdown pass against the Saints in the Superdome Sunday. Medical officials say Miller dislocated his knee, which tore his popliteal artery.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Miller could have lost his leg as a result.
"Successful surgery was performed immediately on Sunday by the UMC vascular surgeons to stabilize (Miller's) injury," a statement from the Bears read. "Zach remains at UMC, along with Bears medical personnel, where he will stay under further evaluation."
While the injury caught the attention of just about everyone, Saints safety Raphael Bush, who was inches away from Miller did not realized what happened.
"I still didn't realize he dislocated his knee until I saw the ambulance come out and saw him get put on the cart and then I saw the replay on tape last night and it was pretty gruesome and my prayers are up there for him and his family and I hope he has a speedy recovery," Bush said.
While many Bears players and fans were upset that the injury was played over and over again in the Superdome, Bush says he was not focuses on the injury, rather the call.
"Watching the replay I still didn't know he dislocated his knee because I was just looking to see if the ball moved, if I got the ball out or if he was juggling the catch," Bush said.
Dr. Vinod Dasa, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said something else when he looked at the replay.
"This is an emergent situation because if you lose blood flow for any period of time you can start having irreversible damage to the leg below where the injury was," Dr. Dasa said.
Dr. Dasa said with that type of injury, you do not have much time to prevent life-long damage.
"A few hours, you start developing irreversible damage very quickly within an hour or two," Dr. Dasa said.
Head coach John Fox says Miller is not out of the woods yet but his condition is as good as can be expected at this point. He says Miller had only one request.
"He pretty much wanted his touchdown back but he was in good spirits," Fox said.
Miller is going to be in New Orleans recovering for some time. Specialists say it is most likely that because of the car he received in the city, he will be able to keep his leg.
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