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Lamarr Houston | Linebacker | #99

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 274
College: Texas
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (44) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Bears OLB Lamarr Houston has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, and is done for the season.
He'll be sent to injured reserve. It's been less than two years since Houston, 29, tore his right ACL. Houston led the Bears in sacks last season (eight), but turns 30 in June. In other words, he probably won't be back at his $5.95 million salary. Houston's loss leaves the Bears' front seven — not to mention entire defense — hopelessly thin. Things are going to get worse before they get better in Chicago. Sep 20 - 4:25 PM

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Bears coach John Fox said OLB Lamarr Houston suffered a "substantial" knee injury Monday night.

Houston immediately grabbed his left knee after going down. He is almost certainly out for the season. With Pernell McPhee on the PUP with a knee injury of his own, the Bears are extremely thin at outside linebacker. With the secondary also a mess, Chicago will be a pass defense to target moving forward.
Sep 20 - 9:48 AM

Bears OLB Lamarr Houston exited Week 2 against the Eagles with a left knee injury and will not return.

Houston went down and immediately was grabbing his left knee. He tore his right ACL in 2014. The Bears' pass rush is already thin without Pernell McPhee.
Sep 19 - 10:04 PM

Bears OLB Lamarr Houston (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

Houston will be brought along slowly, but the Bears expect him to be ready for Week 1 after not placing him active/PUP. Willie Young (Achilles') and ILB Jon Bostic (back) have also been cleared for camp.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Coach John Fox said OLB Lamarr Houston (knee) is "week-to-week."

Houston has been rehabbing on the side during OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Houston will move to outside linebacker in DC Vic Fangio's scheme when healthy.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Bears OLB Lamarr Houston has not yet been cleared to return from his October ACL tear.

Houston infamously tore his ACL while celebrating a garbage-time sack of Jimmy Garoppolo. A defensive end throughout his career, Houston is expected to transition to outside linebacker in new Bears DC Vic Fangio's 3-4. Once Houston is cleared, he'll compete for a starting job opposite Pernell McPhee.
Sun, May 31, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Coach John Fox confirmed Lamarr Houston will play outside linebacker in the Bears' new 3-4 defense.

Houston is extremely versatile, as he played all over the place with the Raiders before joining the Bears last offseason. He and new OLB Pernell McPhee, who's just as versatile, will give DC Vic Fangio plenty of options to give offenses different looks. Coming off a torn ACL, Houston should be fine for Week 1.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 03:29:00 PM

Bears LE Lamarr Houston's 2015 salary of $5.95 million became fully guaranteed on Tuesday.

The Bears seemed unlikely to cut Houston anyway, but now he's locked in. Houston became Twitter famous back in Week 8 when he tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Jimmy Garoppolo with the Bears down 25 points. Boneheaded sack celebration aside, Houston is actually a pretty good player. He's scheme-versatile and one of few building blocks for new DC Vic Fangio.
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 09:04:00 AM

Bears LE Lamarr Houston has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL, and is done for the season.

Houston's Sunday takedown of Jimmy Garoppolo is going to go down as the costliest garbage-time sack of the decade. Houston was injured as he attempted to celebrate his first sack of the season with the Bears losing 48-23 in the fourth quarter. In theory, it's a huge blow for the Bears' pass rush, but in the first season of a five-year, $35 million deal, Houston was just No. 20-of-53 in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 end rankings. Going on 28, Houston should keep his starting job for 2015 provided he rehabs without setbacks.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Bears LE Lamarr Houston fears he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's Week 8 loss at New England.

Houston injured his knee celebrating a sack of Jimmy Garoppolo in a 48-23 game. He may have Gramatica-ed himself. An MRI Monday will have the final word. "I probably shouldn't have celebrated like that, but it happens," Houston said.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Bears LE Lamarr Houston was carted off with a leg injury in the fourth quarter of Chicago's Week 8 loss to the Patriots.

With the Bears losing 48-23, Houston was injured celebrating a sack of rookie backup Jimmy Garoppolo. He jumped into the air, and his leg buckled on impact. The sack was Houston's first of the season. His status is uncertain.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 03:58:00 PM

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

Houston will be Julius Peppers' replacement. The deal includes $15 million guaranteed, and $21 million over the first three years. It's a pretty penny for a player with only 16 career sacks, but Houston is coming off a breakout year, and is still just 27 (in June). Considering all the Raiders' cap space, it's surprising they'd let Houston get away.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:13:00 PM

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 more play. That can all change in a matter of minutes, however. Houston is our No. 1 available free-agent defensive end.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 12:55:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:59:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 01:44:00 PM

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