On Sunday the Chicago Bears gave up their fifth loss of the 2014 season with little more than a whimper in response, succumbing to a humiliating 51-23 defeat against the rampant New England Patriots.
With defeat leaving them three games behind the Detroit Lions in the race for top spot in the NFC North spirits in the Bears camp were already pretty low as they prepare for their first bye week, and news today has done little to improve that.
Not one, but two key men in the Chicago roster have been ruled out today for the remainder of the 2014 season leaving Marc Trestman with even fewer options to choose from in an increasingly depleted roster.
First came news that Defensive End Lamarr Houston would see out the rest of the year on the sidelines. Houston suffered an ACL injury in humiliating circumstances Sunday, going down in agony as he celebrated sacking Patriots back-up QB Jimmy Garopollo with the Bears trailing by 25 points.
He told reporters after the game that he was hopeful the injury wasn't serious but reports today confirmed the worst. You can see a video of the incident, which is remarkedly similar to that suffered by Detroit Lions' Stephen Tulloch earlier in the season, via this link.
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Both sides of the ball effected
It wasn't only the defensive side of the ball that was left depleted on Monday. Offensive lineman Matt Slauson is done for the season too after tearing a pectoral muscle in the Patriots game.
Slauson has been an ever present since joining the Bears in 2013 and with Jay Cutler already struggling to get it going the loss of Slauson is another blow for the franchise.
Slauson and Houston join a growing list of injured players right now with the likes of Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs and breakout rookie Kyle Fuller also out for considerable time.
The Bears are 3-5 right now and in need of a quick turnaround in fortunes on and off the gridiron if Marc Tillman is to keep his job.
Up next are the Green Bay Packers on November 10 and it will take a sterling effort from those left standing at Soldier Field to get a result there.