NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thought he had floated a 25-yard landing cross to tight finish Zach Miller and brought a sizeable chunk out of a New Orleans’ 14-Three lead.

As an alternative, the Bears have been hit with a double-whammy they may not overcome — a critical knee damage to a staff chief and a replay reversal with which they disagreed.

Miller dislocated his knee when he landed in the long run zone . The grotesque damage, which was replayed a number of instances on the scoreboard, compelled the 33-year-old tight finish to be carted off and brought to a neighborhood hospital.

After a replay evaluation, officers dominated the ball hit the bottom when Miller bobbled it on his manner down.

“He made a heck of a catch. It was an amazing effort on his half,” stated Trubisky, whose staff then settled for a discipline purpose. “The decision was what it was, nevertheless it was an superior play on his half.”

The kick made the rating 14-6 with 5:42 left within the third quarter. The Bears spent the ultimate 20 minutes making an attempt to get previous the disturbing damage and catch as much as the Saints, shedding 20-12 on Sunday.

Their first ideas went to Miller, who suffered the newest in a protracted line of powerful accidents. After making a career-high 47 catches in 2016, he missed the ultimate six video games with a fractured foot. He didn’t play in any recreation from 2012 by way of 2014, primarily on account of foot and shoulder points.

“It is a great loss,” working again Tarik Cohen stated. “He all the time will get us fired up and is aware of precisely what to say. We have now to search out methods to maintain transferring ahead.”

They actually did not give up in New Orleans. After Trubisky scrambled for 46 yards, Cohen scored the Bears’ lone landing with Three:58 left, slicing the deficit to 17-12.

Trubisky threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 after Chicago bought the ball again on a fumble — the second of two turnovers the protection compelled within the fourth quarter — and he tossed an interception from the New Orleans 48 after the Saints kicked a discipline purpose.

“Our complete staff competed very laborious,” Bears coach John Fox stated. “I instructed them within the locker room to carry their heads excessive.”

They lamented some wasted alternatives, together with Connor Barth’s missed 48-yard discipline purpose within the first half. The Bears protection additionally was offside on a brief discipline purpose, permitting New Orleans’ offense to return to the sphere and convert on Alvin Kamara’s Eight-yard landing run.

The replay reversal was the hardest blow, contemplating the circumstances.

Referee Carl Cheffers stated after the sport that Miller misplaced management of the ball and it “hit the bottom out of his management.”

The Bears begged to vary.

“I positively was very stunned,” working again Jordan Howard stated. “I badumed he had management the entire time.”

Regardless of shedding for the primary time in three video games, the Bears getting into their bye week bullish on the second half of their season.

Not solely did Chicago’s turnover forcing protection stop Drew Brees and Co. from pulling away, however Trubisky additionally confirmed rising consolation in his fourth begin.

Along with his lengthy, drive-extending scramble within the fourth quarter, he accomplished a 45-yard cross to Tre McBride to arrange a discipline purpose within the first half.

“We’re getting nearer as an offense,” Trubisky stated. “I am actually excited for the place this staff is headed.”

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