Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a severe leg injury on a play that he was sure was a touchdown, but that turned out not to be so.
Miller dislocated his left knee while trying to catch a touchdown a pass against the New Orleans Saints, and he would eventually need emergency surgery to save his leg from being amputated. He said in a video from the Bears’ Twitter account that through the pain he was trying to hold onto the ball long enough to secure the touchdown, and he remembers thinking, “That’s gotta be long enough.”
The touchdown was later overturned and the Bears lost that game to the Saints, 20-12.
Miller was asked on Thursday about the touchdown catch from Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James that was overturned, and he said that “a little bit of common sense,” needs to be used when judging whether or not a player has secured a catch, via CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma.
James appeared to catch the game-winning touchdown on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but replay showed that as he extended the ball across the goal line, after his knee hit the ground, he lost control of the football.