Bears TE Miller nearing return to Chicago area

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller is close to being released from hospital in New Orleans after suffering a horrific injury in Week 8.

Miller dislocated his knee in the third quarter of the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Saints while trying to catch a touchdown pass and required emergency surgery to repair a torn popliteal artery in his left leg.

The 33-year-old is reportedly set to be discharged from University Medical Centre on Monday, though head coach John Fox was unwilling to go into specifics.

"Things have gone really well, and I think they're getting pretty close to transporting him to the Chicago area," Fox said.

"He and his family are excited about that happening sooner rather than later.

"I talked to him and his mum a little bit over the course of the bye week. They feel really good about where he is, all the medical people have done a terrific job and now they'll need to continue that once he gets back to Chicago."

Miller is believed to be facing more surgeries to repair damaged ligaments in his knee.

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