The Chicago Bears were hit with two major injuries on Sunday in their loss to the New England Patriots. Bears’ defensive end Lamarr Houston and starting left guard Matt Slauson were both unable to finish the game on Sunday and the two were declared out for the remainder of the season on Monday.
For Houston, the defensive end tore his ACL after celebrating a sack on Patriots’ backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with three minutes left in a game in which the Bears were trailing by 25 points. Bears’ general manager Phil Emery said on Monday that rehab process for Houston’s injury will take 6-8 months. Former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young will likely be starting in place of Houston for the remainder of the season.
For Slauson , the starting offensive lineman suffered a torn pectoral on Sunday. Like Houston, Slauson is out for the remainder of the season. Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated on Monday that the team had not yet identified who will replace Slauson on the starting offensive lineman. Michael Ola is a likely candidate to replace Slauson. Ola has started at both the left guard and left tackle positions this season.