Updates from Monday, Nov. 3
The Chicago Bears updated Lamarr Houston's status following his knee injury:
Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears
#Bears have placed DL Lamarr Houston on injured reserve & promoted DE David Bass from practice squad; also signed T Jason Weaver to p-squad.2014-11-3 18:25:18
Updates from Monday, Oct. 27
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the diagnosis on Lamarr Houston's knee injury:
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#Bears DE Lamarr Houston has a torn ACL, source confirmed, as feared. He is out for the season.2014-10-27 17:24:33
Bears general manager Phil Emery spoke about Houston's recovery time, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune:
Rich Campbell @Rich_Campbell
Emery confirms Houston suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee. 6-8-month rehab. Cites Nate Collins example as projection2014-10-27 17:39:59
Kevin Fishbain of ChicagoFootball.com also shared comments from Emery on Houston:
'Obviously Lamarr had built up some frustration from not having a sack yet. 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,' Emery said. '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.'
NFL.com captured the unfortunate sequence:
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune weighed in:
Brad Biggs @BradBiggs
Lamarr Houston borrows page from Stephen Tulloch and Bill Gramatica, looks to have injured self on sack celebration down 25 points.2014-10-26 19:53:33
The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer added more details:
Dan Wiederer @danwiederer
Lamarr Houston will now leave Gillette Stadium on a cart.2014-10-26 19:54:03
Following the game, Houston spoke about his injury, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times:
Adam Jahns @adamjahns
#Bears TE Lamarr Houston said he didn't feel like he tore anything. Has MRI tomorrow. Left locker room walking with limp.2014-10-26 20:44:12
However, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported that the team is fearing the worst:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
Word on Bears DE Lamarr Houston is the team is fearing a season-ending knee injury. MRI tomorrow to confirm, prepared for bad news.2014-10-26 21:17:24
The Bears defense couldn't stop the mighty Patriots passing attack led by legendary quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday. Brady threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns in the Pats' 51-23 victory.
Losing Houston for a prolonged period of time would only worsen Chicago's defensive outlook for the remainder of the season.
For now, the Bears and their fans will hold their breath as the await the results of Houston's MRI.