Just when you think that things can’t get any worse for the Chicago Bears, things somehow get worse. A day after Chicago’s loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 11, it was announced that outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will be ruled out indefinitely. Floyd injured his knee during the fourth quarter when fellow teammate Kyle Fuller went low for a tackle on Lions running back Theo Riddick, and inadvertently hit Floyd in his right knee.
The second-year pro was carted off the field, and was out for the remainder of the contest. Head coach John Fox stated to the media that as of right now, it doesn’t look like Floyd has a torn ACL, but there is a good chance that he will miss some games.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune tweeted about the news on Floyd.
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Depending of the severity of Floyd’s injury, and considering the state of the Bears’ place in the NFC North standings, there may be a possibility that we could see the former Georgia Bulldog placed on injured reserve. If that’s the case, then backup outside linebacker Sam Acho will step in as the starting outside linebacker opposite Pernell McPhee for the remainder of the season.
Chicago’s defense is the one think that has helped the Bears stay competitive in most of their games, and their pass rush has played a big part in that. Currently, Chicago is tied for fourth in the NFL with 29 sacks, and Floyd is the team’s second-leading sacker with 4.5 sacks. With the chance of Chicago’s 2016 first-round draft pick being out of the picture for a significant amount of time, the Bears could be looking at an even more tragic end to the year, and another high draft selection for the 2018 NFL Draft.