Ex-Lions GM Matt Millen needs heart transplant 'fairly soon'

Former NFL linebacker and Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant and needs one "fairly soon," according to a report by NBC Sports.

King reported that Monday is the 68th day that Millen, a former ESPN employee, has been waiting for a transplant in an undisclosed hospital in New Jersey. King said Millen will be in the hospital until he receives a new heart.

After becoming a broadcaster following his playing days, Millen was hired by the Lions in 2001 to become team president and general manager. He was fired during the middle of the 2008 season by Detroit -- a year that ended with the league's first 0-16 campaign.