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Bears fear Henry Melton suffered a torn ACL


The news wasn’t all good for the Bears last night, despite a 40-23 win over the Steelers.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears fear that defensive tackle Henry Melton suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter.

Melton’s expected to have an MRI Monday, and the team will likely be looking for some veteran help.

But replacing a talented three-technique tackle such as Melton can’t be done easily with guys off the street. Nose tackle Stephen Paea and Nate Collins will have to become a bigger factor, but it will take adjusting scheme as well. Defensive end Corey Wootton can rush from inside, and filled in there late last night when Melton was hauled off.

“I don’t know what to say,” Paea said. “Injuries will come and we just have to deal with it. It is huge for us that we lose him. I feel like we have to think positive. The next guy has to step up. The season will keep going.”

But not for Melton, it appears.

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20 Responses to “Bears fear Henry Melton suffered a torn ACL”
  1. brownspower says: Sep 23, 2013 7:50 AM

    Banner will be on the phone to Chicago. The Browns have quite a bit of depth on the defensive line.

  2. nesby2 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:53 AM

    Clearly a tough loss. But Collins served well so next man up! One monkey don’t stop no show! Bear Down

  3. howiefeltersnatch says: Sep 23, 2013 8:02 AM

    Get well, big man. I never like to see a guy have the look on his face that Melton did last night when he was being carted off.

  4. loubearkane says: Sep 23, 2013 8:28 AM

    Sucks for Henry since he was franchised. In the same breath he would of had a long-term deal if he didn’t over price himself , trying to get Geno Atkins money.

  5. britishteeth says: Sep 23, 2013 8:43 AM

    Jarron Gilbert, The Bears are on line 1.

  6. bla bla bla says: Sep 23, 2013 8:45 AM

    Every year, Duh Bears come out of the gate strong and the Illinesians get their little chests all puffed up, talking all kinds of nonsense; and then the wheels fall off and the Packers win the division anyways. I see no reason to suspect that this year will be any different.

  7. comeonnowguys says: Sep 23, 2013 9:12 AM

    @bla bla bla

    If by “every” year, you mean the last two, then yes, you’re right. Here’s your cookie.

  8. chi01town says: Sep 23, 2013 9:22 AM

    @bla bla bla
    well thats because you are a packers fan. you live in the past. And you refuse to except that the NUMBERS DONT LIE! the packers are 1-2 on a bye week HURT. and now you and the rest of the packers fans will have to watch Chicago take control of the division and the packers cant do nothing but watch. 4-0

  9. aceben3 says: Sep 23, 2013 9:23 AM

    That’s pretty rough for a guy playing on the franchise tag.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 23, 2013 9:29 AM

    This Steeler fan is sorry to hear that. Seen enough to know he’ll come back with the fury of a champion.

    Congrats, great game. Made the clutch plays. Bennett TD – unfreakingbelievable. Sincerely hope you only lose once more this year – to the Steelers in the SB. Also, please turn 5 GB touchdowns into 35 points.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 23, 2013 9:38 AM

    *5 GB turnovers.

  12. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 23, 2013 9:43 AM

    Well, chi01town was hoping to see a torn acl. Looks like he got it. Hate to see this happen.

    Chi01town, are you happy? Seeing people get hurt must be such a thrill for you.


  13. bla bla bla says: Sep 23, 2013 9:43 AM

    Like I said…. little bitty chests all puffed up, talking all kinds of nonsense. It’s inevitable. And comical.

    Three weeks do not a season make.

  14. oldbyrd says: Sep 23, 2013 9:58 AM

    That’s ashamed, I’m an Eagles fan but, The Bears are looking very good this year. I wish Cutler and the boys the best.

  15. dabears72 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:14 AM

    bla bla bla sounds like your typical Packers fan. She can’t fathom that her team is on the news for the wrong reasons. Turnovers, side line fights between Qb and coach, stupid play calling. Get it together Packers! Whats wrong Green Bay??? Not used to the negativity??? I would be pissy too bla bla bla if I were you. Clearly you are upset to be making that comment on an injury thread. Get well soon Henry!!! Hopefully this is not a repeat injury like Clay Mathews crotch injury he has every year.

  16. packmangamble says: Sep 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    I hope the Bears sign Cutler to a 20 year deal. That will be 20 years without even getting a sniff of the Super Bowl!

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    So long to what once looked like a promising season. And now Melton may have played his last snap as a Bear.

    Get well soon Henry.

  18. sandblastermoron says: Sep 23, 2013 12:09 PM

    And green bay still sucks! In related news.

  19. howiehandles says: Sep 23, 2013 12:43 PM

    WSCR said that Shefter tweeted Melton is done for the year.

  20. mylionsroaring says: Sep 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    The injury hurts that is for sure, but lets face it we have beat the 0-3 Steelers and the 0-3 Vikings and the 2-1 Bengals by a whopping 3 points. We were going to hit a wall soon anyway.

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