Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller is scheduled to be released Monday from a New Orleans hospital, sources tell ESPN, after doctors stabilized his left leg following a catastrophic injury that required emergency surgery to repair a torn popliteal artery. The operation has been described as "heroic" by one doctor.

Miller still has remaining surgeries to repair damaged ligaments in the knee, but the primary concern was saving the leg after he suffered a lateral subluxation of the knee while attempting to make a touchdown catch against the Saints.

The injury caused major damage to the artery, which was described by sources as being "shredded from the top of the knee joint to just below it."

Bears medical personnel, led by Dr. Mark Bowen, immediately identified the potential vascular damage, and Miller was rushed to University Medical Center in New Orleans, which has a level-one trauma center. He underwent surgery in which doctors performed a saphenous vein graft to revascularize Miller's leg.