32 to 1: Bears have the offensive firepower for a playoff run
JUL 26, 1:00a ET | Alex Marvez
Rotowire: May 5 / 9:51a ET
News: Houston (knee) was unable to participate in last week's minicamp, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: After signing a five-year, $35 million contract with the Bears last March, Houston was a colossal bust in Year 1, registering 11 tackles in eight games before requiring season-ending surgery to repair his ACL, which he tore while celebrating his lone sack of the season. The Bears are still hoping to have Houston available at some point in training camp, but the new regime could already be writing him off as a sunk cost at this point. In addition to trying to regain his explosiveness post-injury, Houston will have to make the transition from down lineman to pass-rushing outside linebacker in new coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense, a role which his hefty 6-foot-3, 300-pound frame appears ill suited. Furthermore, the Bears brought Pernell McPhee aboard on a five-year contract this offseason, which figures to relegate Houston to reserve duties even if he proves fully healthy heading into the season.