Willie Young recorded his first sack of the season in Sunday's 18-17 win over the Chiefs.
After an outstanding 10-sack season with the Chicago Bears in 2014, Young found himself on the roster bubble through most of training camp with the team transitioning to a 3-4 system that made the longtime down lineman an awkward scheme fit at outside linebacker. As a result, Young had seen limited snaps through the Bears' first four games while assuming a backup role, but he gradually seems to be getting a little more comfortable. Although it appears Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho will serve as the primary replacement for the recently-traded Jared Allen, Young will continue to rotate in off the bench in pass-rushing situations.
Chicago Bears linebacker Willie Young was left inactive in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks .
Though he faced the stiff challenge of transitioning from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker, while also working his way back from a torn Achilles' tendon, Young managed to earn a roster spot out of training camp. However, he still appears to be a clunky fit in the Bears' scheme, which has been reflected in his low snap counts in Weeks 1 and 2, in addition to the healthy scratch in Week 3.
After Jared Allen was dealt to the Carolina Panthers on Monday, Young could have an opportunity to draw back into the active ranks for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders . However, he still appears to be behind Pernell McPhee , Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho in the pecking order at outside linebacker.
Young finishes the year with the most sacks he's totaled in a season, 10, and 40 tackles in 15 games played.
"That's a tough one," Marc Trestman said about his loss. "He's been an inspirational leader. He'll be missed on Sunday."
Young ends his season with 10 sacks and having contributed to 40 tackles.
The preliminary diagnosis on
He will undergo an MRI on Monday. He is certainly out of the season finale next Sunday and if it is a serious tear, it could affect his 2015 season as well.
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