It looked like Zach Miller’s football career was over last October when he tore an artery behind his knee while trying to make a touchdown catch in New Orleans. Now he has a new one year contract from the Bears and he still has hope.
It was one of the most gruesome injuries in recent Bears history. A dislocated left knee and a torn artery all in one. In an instant Zach Miller’s career flashed before his eyes. He nearly lost his leg.
But Tuesday at Halas Hall he was a happy guy. Happy that the Bears have welcomed him back into their family.
“It’s tough for me to put it into words what it means to me, but I’m very thankful and just grateful to be a part of this family,” said Miller.
Miller says his knee is getting stronger. He’ll never forget the moment he first got sensation back in his leg.
“Talk about milestones that’s one of the biggest ones is having my nerve start to function again which has happened here within the last month which was huge!,” says Miller. “That day hit and I wanted to have a party!”
Miller comes to Halas Hall almost every day to work on his rehab and to get guidance from the team doctors, but he says the most important part about being here is just being around the guys.”
“That’s huge!,” says Miller. “It really is. Coming in every day this could be very different. You know what I mean. I could be away kind of from what I’ve been used to for a very long time. Not having that brotherhood. Not having people see me every day.”
Doctors aren’t ruling out Miller playing again and Miller certainly isn’t ruling it out.
“There has not been a definitive, ‘You can never do this again.’ That hasn’t even been talked about so it’s approach this as I’m planning to get back to where I can be myself and play football. So I’m just going to do as much as I can to get to that point and see what happens.”
Tuesday afternoon the Bears placed Miller on the Reserve/PUP list which means he can attend meetings and continue to train at the Bears’ facilities, but he can not practice with the team.