Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago Bears announced that defensive tackle Henry Melton will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee Sunday.
Coach Marc Trestman said Melton, who received the Bears’ franchise tag in the offseason, is “terribly disappointed” with the development.
“We lost a very good player,” Trestman said. “Unfortunately it’s a next-man-up situation where the next guy has to come up and be ready to play and help our football team.”
“We’re not happy about it, but the downside of the National Football League is players are going to get hurt, and the team has to rest,” he added.
Melton suffered the injury during the Bears’ 40-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He left the game with 12:58 to play after he fell awkwardly while trying to make a move as he was engaged with a Pittsburgh player.
He was carted off the field after suffering the injury and underwent an MRI on Monday morning.
Melton suffered a concussion during the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers that slowed him through the first two games of the season. He didn’t have a sack after coming off a 2012 campaign in which he had six.
Melton has 13 sacks since 2011, which ranks second among defensive tackles during that span.