As trainers had been getting ready Zach Miller for the damage cart, the replay on the video board elicited murmurs and groans of sympathy ache from the group on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
On third-and-10 from the Saints’ 25-yard line, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky launched the soccer into the top zone, the place Miller had a step on Saints security Rafael Bush. As Miller tried to haul within the ball, his proper foot hit the bottom first and his left leg adopted, bending gruesomely the unsuitable manner as he tumbled.
As he sat up, Miller’s left hand instantly discovered his left knee. The knee was later identified as dislocated at a New Orleans hospital, coach John Fox introduced after the Bears’ 20-12 loss.
On high of shedding a participant who has 20 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns this season, the play got here with one other blow to the Bears. Officers initially dominated Miller had made a landing
catch, which might have minimize the Saints’ third-quarter result in 14-10.
However they overturned the decision upon evaluation, and the Bears settled for Connor Barth’s 44-yard discipline objective to make it 14-6.
Trubisky stated it was robust to return again emotionally from such a sequence of occasions, although the Bears had a shot to take action because of a pair of takeaways from the protection.
“Zach means so much to this crew past the X’s and O’s and what he brings to the sphere however what he brings to us as an individual,” Trubisky stated. “Particularly how a lot he has helped me develop on this course of. You by no means wish to see a teammate go down like that.”
As for the overturned name, Fox opted to not criticize the officers in his postgame information convention and probably be fined, saying it “does not actually matter what I feel.”
Trubisky stated he was “fairly stunned” and added he did not see any proof the ball hit the bottom through the play. Miller did let go of the ball as he squirmed in ache, however that seemingly was after the play was accomplished.
“It seemed like an everyday, on a regular basis landing to me,” stated Bears large receiver Tre McBride, who was among the many first to get to Miller after the play. “I did not see no bobble. It seemed like he had management of it in his arm, even after his knee gave out.”
Referee Carl Cheffers informed a pool reporter Miller didn’t full the method of the catch.
“When he goes to the bottom, he has to outlive the bottom,” Cheffers stated. “He went to the bottom, and he quickly misplaced management of the ball. The ball hit the bottom. Due to this fact, it is incomplete.”
The damage was one other robust break for Miller, who missed the ultimate six video games of the 2016 season with a damaged proper foot. And it is also unhealthy for the Bears, who past shedding a participant Fox known as “a fantastic teammate” misplaced a receiving possibility from an already skinny group.
“It is brutal, ugly,” Bears proper guard Kyle Lengthy stated. “I did not watch it after I noticed it the primary time. To go from the elation of, ‘What a play, what a throw!’ in that state of affairs of the sport to overturn (the landing name) and Zach clearly being injured … it is actually unlucky. We misplaced a extremely good man as we speak.”