Multiple reports have confirmed that Bears DE Lamarr Houston does in fact have a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
Houston injured himself while celebrating a sack on rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo late into Sunday’s blowout loss to the Patriots. The injury was very similar to the season-ending knee injury Lions LB Stephen Tulloch suffered while celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers a few weeks ago.
This is clearly horrible news for the Bears as their defense continues to be a major issue.
Houston, 27, signed a five-year, $35 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed with the Bears back in March. He’s under team control through the 2018 season.
Houston’s first year with the Bears ends with him recording 11 tackles, one sack, a fumble recovery and one pass defense over the course of eight games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 defensive end in a 4-3 defense.