Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while celebrating a sack against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Bears general manager Phil Emery said Monday.
Houston will have surgery once the swelling goes down in his knee. Emery also said guard Matt Slauson tore his right pectoral and is out for the season too.
Houston took down Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo with 3:24 left in the fourth quarterback and the Bears down by 25 points. He jumped as part of his celebration and landed awkwardly, appearing to injure his leg. Houston later had to be carted off the field to the locker room.
Emery said Houston was frustrated about not having a sack all season but went to the management and apologized for his actions after the game.
"The team paid a price and Lamarr paid a bigger price because he is lost for the season," Emery said.
The Patriots kicked a field goal two plays later to go up 51-23, the final score.
Houston told the Chicago Tribune that he "probably shouldn't have celebrated while they were blowing us out, but it happens." Houston played in all eight games this season, finishing with 11 total tackles and one sack.
The Bears dropped to 3-5 this season after Sunday, while the Patriots improved to 6-2. Chicago has a bye this week and returns to action against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night Nov. 9.
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