In his postgame meeting with the media after the Chicago Bears’ 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints, John Fox confirmed tight end Zach Miller left the game with a dislocated knee and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Miller was injured while securing what appeared to be a 25-yard touchdown pass, but was overturned upon further review by the NFL’s replay team in New York. When asked about the ruling on the play, Fox tip-toed around an answer.
“It doesn’t really matter what I think,” Fox said. “That was the rule and you know our restrictions with that.”
When asked about the NFL’s catch rules, Fox talked around a response saying: “You’re asking me a question that’s obviously hard to answer. It can be complicated, no doubt.”
Miller was one of several Bears players who left Sunday’s game with an injury. Offensive linemen Kyle Long (hand) and Cody Whitehair (elbow) were removed with injuries, which left the Bears win an interior offensive line of left guard Bradley Sowell, center Josh Sitton, and right guard Tom Compton flaked by tackles Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie.
Fox, who didn’t offer up specifics regarding Long’s hand injury, could have sent the three-time Pro Bowl lineman back into the game, but told reporters he preferred playing a healthy Tom Compton.
“I think (Long) was capable of going back in,” Fox explained. “But we decided to put a healthy guy in there instead, which I would do again.”