One might have thought that when Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a sack during a Week 3 win over the Packers, it would have resonated with fellow players as a sort of cautionary tale of just how wrong a seemingly innocent celebration can go.
Apparently, Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston was not one of those players. He left the field on a cart Sunday after apparently injuring his right knee following a sack during the late stages of a blowout loss to the New England Patriots.
A former Oakland Raider, Houston had already found himself in the headlines coming into the game, after it was reported that he was one of the most vocal Bears players during a postgame shouting match in the Chicago locker room following last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.
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Then on Sunday, with the Bears trailing 48-23 with 3:49 left in yet another horrendous game for Chicago, Houston sacked Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a loss of 11 yards — a moment, with his team down 25 (and soon to be 28), that was apparently deserving of this:
FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports that Houston suffered a season-ending injury and that a Monday MRI will reveal more details.
After his own injury, Tulloch said he wouldn’t change his own celebration if he had the chance, telling the Detroit Free Press, “I’d do it again, brother. You do it every time. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Just a matter of time.” But something tells me that Houston may end up sounding somewhat more contrite about his own bad luck — especially if his injury turns out to be as bad as it looked.