New Bears coach John Fox said he'll play Lamarr Houston at outside linebacker, not defensive end, in the team's base 3-4 defense, reports the Chicago Tribune. Houston, 27, is coming back from a torn ACL he suffered against the Patriots while celebrating a sack in a Week 8 loss. Houston has 17 sacks in his five-year career.
The Bears announced Monday they placed defensive lineman Lamarr Houston (knee) on injured reserve. To take his spot on the roster, defensive lineman David Bass was promoted from the practice squad.
Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston's unfortunate sack celebration comes at a major price. According to Ian Rapoport, Houston has suffered a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. Houston sustained the injury while sacking Jimmy Garoppolo down 25 points with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. General manager Phil Emery confirmed the injury. He finishes the season with 11 combined tackles and a sack.
Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston will have an MRI Monday, according to ESPN. Houston left Sunday's game late after celebrating a sack with his team down by 25. He was carted off the field with a knee injury. Houston finished with four tackles, including a sack.
The Bears revamped a terrible defensive line this offseason and brought in several defenders that should work wonders against the run. The new-look line will face a rush-centric test in Week 1 when the Bills come to town. The Bills were a solid matchup for Fantasy DSTs last season, giving up the 12th-most average points in Fantasy. However, it may be difficult finding turnovers and sacks against them in Week 1, as the offense will likely commit to running the ball with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Luckily for the Bears, their rebuilt line now features the best two 4-3 defensive ends against the run last season in Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, per Pro Football Focus. If those guys can play at that same level in Week 1, it should force the Bills into third-and-long situations regularly, allowing Jared Allen to pin his ears back and get after E.J. Manuel, a guy with the second-highest sack percentage among starting quarterbacks when under pressure, per Football Focus. While the Bears DST aren't a lock for a big Fantasy week, they represent a quietly-nice option in Week 1. Both CBSSports.com Fantasy experts rank them in the top 10 this week, but they're only owned in roughly three out of every four leagues.