Lamarr Houston LB CHI 2 months ago

Houston (knee) was unable to participate in last week's minicamp, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 8 months ago

Houston (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright reports.

Houston's campaign will come to an end in cruel fashion, as he tore his ACL in a Week 8 loss to the Patriots while celebrating his only sack of the season. The defensive end was a colossal bust for the Bears in the first season of a five-year, $35 million pact, and may struggle to regain the form he showed with the Raiders in 2013 while he recovers from a serious injury.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 8 months ago

Houston is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Houston's injury occurred while he was celebrating a sack in the fourth quarter of the Bears' blowout loss to the Patriots on Sunday. The defensive end, who signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Bears this past March, thus concludes his 2014 campaign with 11 tackles and one (costly) sack in eight games.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 8 months ago

Houston is slated to undergo an MRI after hurting his right knee celebrating a sack in Sunday's 51-23 loss to the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Unfortunately for the defensive end, the report indicates that Houston, who entered the game with just seven tackles, may have sustained a serious injury in the process of Sunday's celebration.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 9 months ago

Houston collected two tackles and forced a fumble in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

The fact that this performance marked Houston's best outing of the season illustrates what a colossal disappointment he's been for the Bears, after he inked a five-year, $35 million contract in March. Houston has just five total tackles and no sacks through five games, effectively taking him off the IDP radar until he starts producing at the level he did last season with the Raiders.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 10 months ago

Houston had a quiet debut for the Bears in their Week 1 loss against the Bills, recording a lone tackle in the 23-20 overtime defeat.

Signed in March to a five-year, $35 million contract to help fortify the Bears' run defense, Houston did very little to stymie the ground game Sunday, as the Bills racked up 193 rushing yards on the afternoon. Houston's excellent production for the Raiders last season (69 tackles, six sacks) suggest that better days are ahead for the defensive end, but his total production could still take a hit with fellow offseason defensive end signing Willie Young regularly rotating into action off the bench.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 1 year ago

Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston, formerly of the Raiders, to a five-year, $35 million contract.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 1 year ago

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports the Bears are facing "little competition" in their pursuit of free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

Chicago is widely viewed as the frontrunners for Houston's services after missing out on Michael Bennett and Michael Johnson, but it's kind of surprising Houston isn't getting much play. That can all change in a matter of minutes, however. Houston is our No. 1 available free-agent defensive end.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 1 year ago

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are "pushing hard" to sign free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

They'll have plenty of competition. After failing to convince DE Michael Bennett to leave Seattle, the Bears are going to Plan B. Houston appears to be that. Michael Johnson may also be in the discussion. Houston, 27 in June, has also been linked to the Packers in recent days. He can play both inside and outside and is very light on his feet. The Bears are seeking Julius Peppers' replacement.

Lamarr Houston LB CHI 1 year ago

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers are "among those interested" in free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

Houston would be a huge get for GM Ted Thompson, who is trying to get quicker and more athletic on the defensive line. Houston is listed at 6-foot-3, 300, but after watching his 2013 tape we believe he was closer to the 275-280 pound range, at least in his contract year. The Raiders have been surprisingly lukewarm on keeping him. Houston is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent defensive end left on the market, behind Michael Johnson and ahead of Michael Bennett.