CHICAGO -- Zach Miller managed to hold onto a pass in the end zone as his left leg bent awkwardly, but not according to the NFL rules, CBS Chicago reports.
What seemed to be a touchdown catch for Miller was overturned on the field and ruled an incomplete pass. The Bears were forced to settle for a field goal while Miller was carted off the field with his left leg placed in an air cast.
The play occurred late in the third quarter on a third-down play, with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky lofting a pass to Miller in the right side of the end zone. Miller leaped and managed to catch the football.
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As his left leg bent awkwardly against the ground, the ball was released from his possession on the ground, a play that would seem to but is considered a reception not complete by league rules.
During the FOX broadcast, former NFL vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, said the catch should have been ruled a completed catch and a touchdown. The Bears settled for a Connor Barth field goal, which made the score 14-6 in favor of the Saints.
Miller was immediately ruled out for the game with a left leg injury. The extent will be confirmed after the game.
After the game, Bears coach John Fox said Zach Miller dislocated his knee and was taken to a local hospital. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him," Fox said in a statement.