Chicago Bears OLB Lamarr Houston will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due a torn ACL suffered in Monday night's contest against the Philadelphia Eagle. The Bears today officially placed Houston on Injured Reserve.
This is a substantial blow to the outside linebacker position, as Pernell McPhee is still on PUP and won't play for at least another month.
The edge-rush onus now falls on Willie Young and rookie Leonard Floyd, both of whom have one sack through the first two contests. Sam Acho will rotate on run downs, while Christian Jones could see time on the edge as well.
To replace Houston on the roster, the Bears activated QB Matt Barkley from the practice squad. FB Paul Lasike, who was cut just a few days ago, was signed to the practice squad to replace Barkley.
From the official press release:
Barkley is in his third professional season, appearing in four games with the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15). He owns 300 passing yards on 30 completions (50 attempts) and four interceptions. Barkley has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (2016). The USC alum originally entered the NFL as a 4th round pick (98th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Lasike joins the Bears practice squad after starting one-of-two contests for the club, posting two rushing yards on one attempt. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals out of BYU.
Houston has appeared in 90 games with 70 starts over seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2010-13) and Chicago Bears (2014-16), posting 303 tackles, 25 sacks, one interception, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 50 TFLs. He also owns one blocked field goal on special teams. In 2015 Houston led the Bears in sacks with eight (career-high) and ranked second on the club in TFLs with 10. He also recorded his first two multi-sack games of his career during the 2015 season (at SD 11/9; vs. DET 1/3).