Chicago Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston has already lost part of one season with the team to an injury, and now he will lose another one as he is dealing with a torn ACL in his knee, according to Bears head coach John Fox.
Houston, who signed with the Bears as a free agent before the 2014 season, took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to thank fans for their support, and he made a promise as well:
"Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support... I will return!" he wrote.
The torn ACL is the second that Houston has suffered while with the Bears. The first game during that 2014 season when he tore the ligament while celebrating a sack against the New England Patriots. This time around is even worse however, as Houston led the Bears in sacks last season and will now miss the remaining 14 games of the regular season.
Houston signed a five-year contract with the Bears prior to the 2014 season, and he will count $6.99 million against the salary cap next season if the team decides to keep him. If they decide to part ways with him after his second torn knee ligament, they would carry a dead money cap hit of $1.98 million next season and just a shade under $1 million in the 2018 campaign.