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Young tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot during Sunday's loss to the Lions, The Chicago Tribune reports.

It was already known that Young won't play in Week 17, and he now faces a challenge to be ready for training camp next season. He impressed in the first season of his three-year-contract, piling up 40 tackles (29 solo), 10 sacks, a forced fumble, two passes defensed and a blocked kick in 15 games. David Bass is the leading candidate to start at left defensive end in Week 17 against the Vikings.

Willie Young DL CHI 3 Months

Young (Achilles) will not play in Week 17 against the Vikings, ESPN's Mike C. Wright reports.

Young sustained the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game, and with the Bears already eliminated from the playoff race, it will effectively end his season. He'll finish the year with a total of 40 combined tackles and 10 sacks, and leave either David Bass or Cornelius Washington to pick up the reps he leaves behind.

Willie Young DL CHI 3 Months

Young suffered an Achilles injury in the third quarter of Sunday's matchup against the Lions, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Young is the Bears' leading pass rusher with 10 sacks, and if he's unable to return, Chicago may have a tough time pressuring Matt Stafford. Look for David Bass to see extra work while Young is out.

Willie Young DL CHI 3 Months

Young recorded his 10th sack of the season in Monday's loss to the Saints.

One of the few overachievers on the Chicago roster this season, Young has flourished as both a starter and rotational end this season, generating the pressure that pricier free-agent additions Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston have largely failed to provide. Young has also supplemented his value by pitching in as a run stopper, as he's collected 40 tackles across his 14 games.

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Young recorded four stops -- including a half-sack -- in last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.

With 8.5 sacks in 13 games, Young is a serious threat to finish as the Bears' lone double-digit sack threat, a development unforeseen after Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston were inked to much more sizable deals last offseason. Still, his production as a pass rusher seems to have tapered off of late, as he's amassed just 1.5 sacks over the last seven games.

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Young registered a sack in the Bears' Week 11 win over the Vikings.

Young has assumed a starting role the last two games with Lamarr Houston out for the season with a torn ACL, but since he was already seeing big snap counts off the bench beforehand, he hasn't noticed a huge spike in production. Still, with 34 tackles and eight sacks through 10 games, he's proven to be savvy offseason pickup for the Bears.

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Young made three stops in Sunday's 51-23 loss to the Patriots.

Young has gone without a sack in his last two games, after leading the league for the first six weeks with seven quarterback takedowns. He was never expected to maintain that lofty sack rate over the course of an 16-game schedule, but he'll still benefit from playing on an improved defensive line that has been able to generate pass rushing from the interior. In addition, Young could actually see an increase in his snap count in the coming weeks, as the Bears fear that Lamarr Houston could be dealing with a serious knee injury after exiting early in Sunday's game.

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Young gathered two sacks and three total tackles in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

The two sacks bring Young's total to seven for the season, good for tops in the NFL. Though Young doesn't have the reputation as one of the league's premier sack artists, he's taken down the quarterback in all but one of his six games on the campaign. He's probably worth owning in just about any IDP league.

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Young compiled five tackles and a strip-sack in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Young was curiously quiet in last week's loss to the Packers despite receiving an appointment to the starting lineup while Jared Allen (pneumonia) was sidelined, but he turned in another sterling performance coming off the bench in Week 5. The forced fumble was his first of the season, while the sack was his team-leading fifth. Young's immense contributions have helped the Bears cover for the disappointing performance to date of pricey defensive ends Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, both of whom are still without a sack on the season.

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With Jared Allen out with pneumonia Sunday, Young will make his first start of the season against the Packers.

Even in a part-time role this season, Young has been the team's top pass rusher, picking up 12 tackles and four sacks over his first three games. With a heavy load of snaps likely headed his way Sunday, Young may be a sneakily-effective IDP option against a suspect Packers offensive line.