The Chicago Bears said Monday that defensive tackle Henry Melton will miss the rest of the season with knee injury.
Melton suffered a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday night's 40-23 win at Pittsburgh and will have surgery in a few weeks.
''We lost a very good player,'' coach Marc Trestman said. ''Unfortunately, it's a next-man-up situation where the next guy has got to come up and be ready to play and help our football team. We're not happy about it, but this is the downside of the National Football League, is players are going to get hurt and the team's got to respond.''
Melton last year had six sacks, third most by a defensive tackle in the NFL. He was designated Chicago's franchise free agent after contract negotiations with his agent broke down, and received $8 million for this season. He will be a free agent next season.
''It's sad,'' wide receiver Earl Bennett said. ''...