Bears acknowledge Henry Melton arrest

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As the Bears prepare for face the Eagles, they have a distraction that isn’t as much of a distraction as it could have been.

The team has issued a statement acknowledging reports that defensive tackle Henry Melton has been arrested in Texas.  Melton has been injured since September.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Henry Melton,” the team said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon.  “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”

Earlier today, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reported that Melton was arrested in Texas for public intoxication and assault.  Via CBS Chicago,  Melton became “combative” when asked to leave a bar.  Ultimately, a manager at the bar was struck.

Melton, who is with the Bears under the franchise tag, tore an ACL in September.  It’s safe to say the Bears won’t be using the franchise tag on him again.