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 MattSlauson 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.
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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.
Athletes Who Injured Themselves While Celebrating
The Bears' defensive end injured himself while celebrating a sack against Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo with 3:24 remaining in the game and Chicago down 48-23 on Oct. 26, 2014. 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.
The Lions' linebacker tore his ACL while celebrating a sack in the team's victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 21, 2014.
Georgia's top receiver tore his ACL after jumping to celebrate teammate Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run on Aug. 31, 2013.
Maurides Roque Junior
The Brazilian soccer player scored his first career goal, began somersaulting, and left on a stretcher with a knee sprain on July 10, 2013.
A perfect game by Matt Cain (right) on June 13, 2012 led to an imperfect celebration by Huff (2nd from left), who sprained his knee leaping over the dugout rail and landed on the DL.
The Mets' relief pitcher (inset) went on the DL after injuring his hamstring while celebrating teammate Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1, 2012.
Levet withdrew from the British Open after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken shin. He broke the bone when jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the French Open on July 3, 2011.
AC Milan's striker strained his arm with an exuberant fist pump following a bicycle kick goal on Nov. 20, 2010.
The Marlins' outfielder tore the meniscus in his left knee while smashing teammate Wes Helms with pie after his walk-off single on July 25, 2010.
The Orioles' outfielder pulled a hamstring during his home trot on June 30, 2010 and was forced to spend 15 days on the DL.
The Angels' first baseman broke his leg stomping on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam on May 29, 2010.
The Washington Redskins' cornerback, already sidelined with a sprained knee, suffered back spasms while jumping up and down in celebration on Dec. 6, 2009.
The Mariners' catcher sprained his ankle while celebrating teammate Ichiro Suzuki's walk-off home run on Sept 18, 2009.
The Cubs' starting pitcher landed on the 15-day DL after breaking his big right toe when his foot got caught in the dugout railing while trying to run out with his teammates to celebrate a win over the Brewers on July 3, 2009.
Vonn underwent surgery after cutting into the tendon of her right thumb with the top of a champagne bottle while celebrating her downhill victory in the World Championships on Feb. 9, 2009.
The Florida State safety suffered a career-ending knee injury while celebrating an interception against Boston College on Nov. 15, 2008.
The Real Salt Lake footballer injured his ankle after a celebratory backflip for a goal that was later ruled offside on Sept. 6, 2008.
The Rockies' outfielder was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, which he sustained during the team's victory celebration in its season opener on April 4, 2005
The newlywed Swiss-Portuguese soccer player climbed a fence while celebrating his teammate's goal, got his wedding ring caught, and ripped off part of his finger -- which doctors could not re-attach -- on Dec. 5, 2004. Adding insult to injury, Diogo was penalized with a yellow card.
The Cardinals' kicker got so excited about making a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter that he jumped in the air, landed awkwardly on his leg, and tore his ACL, ending his season during a 17-13 loss to the Giants on Dec. 15, 2001.
The Redskins' quarterback sprained his neck after headbutting the end zone wall following his one-yard touchdown run against the Giants on Nov. 23, 1997.
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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