Zach Miller injury update: Bears TE’s artery stabilized

Vascular surgeons have stabilized the torn artery in Bears tight end Zach Miller’s left leg and he has a good pulse, but he’ll remain in New Orleans for some time because of the nature of the injury, Bears coach John Fox said Monday.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, doctors found that Miller’s popliteal artery was “shredded from above the knee joint to below the knee.” Earlier in the day, ESPN cited unidentified league and Bears sources in reporting that surgeons had been working to save Miller’s leg during emergency surgery late Sunday, although it’s unclear whether amputation was considered.

The Bears announced that team medical personnel would stay with Miller in New Orleans.

A player listed in the “starter” column is the most valuable tight end on his team in terms of fantasy value.

A player listed under “handcuff” should see increased fantasy value if the starter becomes injured or sees his role diminish.

The “value” column reflects the likely upside that player would have in standard leagues if he becomes a starter: TE1 (top 10), TE2 (11-20), flex (21-30), bench (worth adding to your bench as a flier), waivers (not worth adding as a free agent).

Jakob Silfverberg tied it with just under five minutes remaining in the third period for Anaheim. Ondrej Kase and Derek Grant scored in the first period.

“Obviously coming in were playing a team with a lot of speed up front,” Silfverberg said. “We got off to a good start, but we had a rough second period. We kept pushing and came back in the third. To see (Miller) come back and push as hard as he did was a big bonus for this group.”

Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk scored to rally the Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit in the opening period. Scott Darling stopped 22 shots.
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