The Chicago Bears will be without starting right guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury. And for that, they are not happy with Minnesota's Jared Allen.
The Bears placed Louis on injured reserve Monday, a day after he was hurt in a win over Minnesota. That happened on a hit by Allen that clearly didn't sit well with Chicago coach Lovie Smith.
While the team declined comment on the extent of the injury, a person familiar with the situation said Louis had a tear in his ACL, confirming reports by several outlets. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the situation.
''Yes. I did,'' Smith said when asked if he thought the hit was unnecessary. ''Jared Allen plays the game a certain way, a good player in our league. I think there are some plays when you look at them again, you say, `Hey, we could have done without that.' I think our game could do without that play.