Docs monitor Miller after emergency surgery

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller will remain in a New Orleans hospital after undergoing emergency surgery Sunday to repair a damaged artery in his left leg.

The Bears announced Monday that vascular surgeons at University Medical Center New Orleans stabilized Miller’s injury, which was diagnosed as a torn popliteal artery.

League and team sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen earlier Monday that surgeons had been working to save Miller’s leg, although it was not clear whether amputation was ever considered.

Miller underwent an MRI on Monday, as doctors evaluated the blood flow and overall anatomy of his leg, sources told Mortensen. The Bears announced that team medical personnel also will remain with Miller at UMC.

Miller dislocated his knee in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. Surgeons were called in to repair Miller’s leg, which included grafting tissue from the other leg to repair the damaged artery, sources told Mortensen.

Miller had made a nice over-the-shoulder catch from rookie Mitchell Trubisky in the end zone, but when he landed, his left leg bent awkwardly.

Sensing the serious nature of the injury, Bears medical personnel rushed onto the field to assist Miller, who stayed down for several minutes before being taken off the field on a cart.

Officials later ruled that Miller did not maintain possession of the ball, negating a potential touchdown catch.

ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.

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