The Chicago Bears were down 25 points to the New England Patriots late in the fourth quarter of yesterday’s blowout loss. Defensive end Lamarr Houston sacked backup quarterback Jimmy Garropolo then chose to celebrate demonstratively, despite the score.
After his first sack of the season, Houston jumped up and landed awkwardly on his knee. He went down almost immediately and was eventually carted into the locker room.
“Lamarr had built up some frustration with not having a sack yet,” GM Phil Emery said today. “Obviously that’s a big stat in the NFL. He got his first sack, he let out all of his frustrations and ultimately he paid a price for it. We’re disappointed for him and in him.”
It was revealed today that Houston tore his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season.
“Lamarr Houston ruptured his right ACL. He will be out for the year,” GM Phil Emery said today. “He’ll have surgery once the swelling comes down. Recovery time is six to eight months.”
Houston will likely be out until at least training camp next year. Ironically, he was signed in part due to his durability, as he had never missed a single game during his four years in Oakland.
Houston signed a five-year, $35 million contract this offseason. He’s due $9 million this year and he’s guaranteed $5.45 million next year. Beyond that, he’s not due anymore guaranteed money.
Also out for the season is right guard Matt Slauson, who tore his pectoral muscle during yesterday’s contest.
“Matt Slauson tore his right pectoral. He ‘s out for the season,” Emery said. “It’s a non-surgical injury and we expect he’ll be ready for offseason program.”
Michael Ola replaced Slauson for two games earlier in the season but was starting at right tackle on Sunday due to the injury to Jordan Mills’ foot. The Bears expect Mills to return to practice this week. If he’s healthy enough to play, expect Ola to move back to the left guard position. If not, Eben Britton will likely be the starter.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.