LAKE FOREST – A game that started bad and ended horrible continues to get even worse for the Bears the day after.
On Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from the NFL Network, linebacker Lamarr Houston will be out for the rest of the season due to an ACL tear. Reporter Mike Garafolo tweeted the news after 3 PM on Tuesday.
On Monday night Houston was injured late in the second quarter while on a pass rush in the Bears’ 29-14 loss to the Eagles at Soldier Field. His knee buckled under him as he engaged with a defender and he went down holding his knee. Houston was not carted off the field, returning to the sidelines on his own power but that will be the last time he’s in the lineup for the Bears this year.
The Bears have yet to confirm the exact injury although it doesn’t come as a surprised based on comments made after the game and on Tuesday by head coach John Fox. Both times he told reporters that the injury to Houston’s knee was substantial.
This will mark the second time in Houston’s time with the Bears that he’s lost a significant part of the season due to an ACL tear. He played in the first eight games of the 2014 season before hurting his knee celebrating a sack against the Patriots in Foxborough on October 26th of that year.
Houston returned last season and led the Bears with eight tackles along with 42 tackles. He accounted for just four tackles in his first and likely only six quarters of the 2016 season.