Bears' Defensive Tackle, Henry Melton, was carted off the field last night in the Bears 40-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, early in the fourth quarter, after his left leg appeared to buckle. The 6’ 3”, 295 pounder out of Texas, will now miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.
He had been sidelined already for a month this summer after suffering a concussion in the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. He was able to start the season strong though, with three tackles in the Bears' first two games of the year. Last night, his play caused the Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger, into throwing a pass that safety, Major Wright, intercepted and returned 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Then, he later recovered a fumble that helped kicker, Robbie Gould, get a field goal.
The Bears selected Melton in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, he did not become a starter until 2011, and he made the most of it by having a career -high seven sacks. Last year he was voted to his first Pro Bowl after having 33 tackles with six sacks, five tackles for a loss, a team-high 24 QB pressures, and two forced fumbles.
Hopefully he gets back on the field as soon as possible, and in the meantime the three remaining Defensive Tackles, Stephen Paea, Nate Collins and Rookie, Zach Minter, step up and play well.