Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston tore his ACL after he celebrated a sack on New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo late in the Bears' 51-23 Week 8 loss on Oct. 26. Houston has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.
Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston is out of the rest of the 2014 NFL season.
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Houston tore his right ACL after he celebrated a sack on New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the Bears' 51-23 loss on Sunday. Bears GM Phil Emery told ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson on Oct. 27 Houston will undergo a six- to eight-month rehab:
"Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston ruptured his right ACL while celebrating a sack of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the fourth quarter of the club's 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Bears general manager Phil Emery confirmed Monday.
"Emery said Houston faces a rehabilitation of six to eight months.
"The Bears signed Houston to a five-year, $35 million contract in March that included $14.9 million in guarantees, but the five-year veteran failed to register a sack until Sunday.
"'Obviously, Lamarr has built up some frustration from not having a sack yet,' Emery said. 'We were very pleased with his play against the run and he led our team in hits on the quarterback, but he hadn't had a sack. Obviously, that's a big stat in the NFL. It's awfully big for a free agent coming in. He got his first sack, he let out all of his frustrations and ultimately paid a price for it.
"'We're disappointed for him and in him. He knows he made an error. He's come into all of our offices and apologized for his error but ultimately the team paid a price and at the end of the day Lamarr paid a bigger price; he lost the season. So enough said.'
"The celebration and subsequent injury were reminiscent of an injury suffered by Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who tore his ACL earlier in the season while celebrating.
"Also, Emery said left guard Matt Slauson is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle. He faces a rehab of three to four months.
"The Bears left open the possibility of sliding right tackle Jordan Mills inside to guard to replace Slauson. Mills (foot) was inactive in Week 8, but the injury is not believed to be serious.
"'We're going to talk about (how to replace Slauson) today,' Bears coach Marc Trestman said. 'We've got a number of guys we can move into that position. We can go with Jordan moving into that position. We could go with Eben (Britton) moving into that position. We've got some young guys we're developing. We'll see how that goes along the way. But that will be the starting point.'
"Injured linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Jon Bostic (back) are expected to return for the Green Bay Packers game on Nov. 9, following the bye week, according to Emery."
Houston told Adam L. Jahns of The Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday that he wasn't worried about a potential tear in his knee:
"Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston's sack dance in the final minutes of the New England Patriot's 51-23 thumping didn't look bad. It felt bad, too.
"'I just landed wrong,' Houston said of hurting (his) right knee. 'I tried to hop up. It just didn't feel right.'
"Is Houston worried about a tear in his knee?
"'No,' he replied.
"But the team fears the worst and an MRI exam on Monday will determine just how bad it is. He was carted to the locker room, but slowly left under his own power, albeit moving slowly with a slight limp.
"Houston sacked Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo then got up and bounced around. The Bears trailed 48-23 at that time. Houston said he regretted his celebration for his first sack of the season. 'I probably shouldn't have celebrated while they were blowing us out,' Houston said. 'But it happens.'"
A Command Sign billboard in Chicago featured Houston sitting on the Gillette Stadium turf after his ACL injury, per CSN Chicago's Tony Andracki:
"The Command Sign has struck again.
"The electronic billboard located along a Chicago expressway is known for some controversial -- and hilarious -- signs related to the latest sports news (including a Justin Bieber reference and digs at the [Chicago] Cubs).
"Monday, they struck again with a sign poking some fun at Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston, who tore his ACL Sunday while celebrating a meaningless sack late in garbage time as the Bears were blown out by the New England Patriots:
"The Bears are in the midst of a disappointing 3-5 start and Houston -- one of the team's biggest free-agent signings in the offeseason -- is done for the year.
"But hey, there's always room for a quick laugh, right?"
Houston has amasssed 239 tackles, 17.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one interception in 72 career regular-season games for the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, per ESPN stats.
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