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NFL players send love, support as Zach Miller reportedly has surgery to save his leg

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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Players from around the NFL have been sending prayers and well wishes to Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller after he suffered a gruesome injury requiring emergency surgery to save his left leg.

Miller, 33, dislocated his knee on what initially was ruled a touchdown catch and later reversed in the third quarter of a 20-12 loss to the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday.

He was down on the field for several minutes before being taken off on a cart.

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There has been an outpouring of support from around the NFL for Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller after he suffered a serious knee injury on Sunday. Butch Dill / AP

Miller suffered a damaged artery, requiring vascular surgeons to be called into a New Orleans hospital on Sunday night for a procedure that involved grafting tissue from his other leg, ESPN reported.

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Teammate Cody Whitehair consoled Miller before he was taken off the field by a cart after the injury in the third quarter of a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Butch Dill / AP

His current and former teammates on the Bears as well as several NFL players from other teams sent hopes to Miller for a full recovery on Monday.

The season-ending injury is the most serious setback in an injury-filled career for Miller, who also has had surgeries on both shoulders, both feet and his right knee since being drafted in 2009.

He missed 67 games and nearly four straight years with injuries in the last six seasons, according to The Chicago Tribune.

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