Chicago Bears All-Pro pass-rusher Khalil Mack hasn't played since Oct. 24 because of a lingering foot injury that reportedly first began bothering him early into the season, specifically during the Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The rest didn't help, and Mack won't take the field again until some point next summer.
Per Kevin Patra of the league's website, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Mack is having season-ending foot surgery and will be placed on injured reserve. Chicago seemed prepared for this development, as the club signed veteran linebacker Bruce Irvin on Thursday.
Mack, a three-time First-Team All-Pro, has certainly been missed, specifically during the second half of a four-game losing streak that saw the Bears fall to 3-6 overall heading into Sunday's home matchup against the 6-3 Baltimore Ravens. Per ESPN stats, the 30-year-old remains second on the team with six sacks even though he's missed the past two contests.
Mack also accumulated 22 quarterback pressures and 19 total tackles across his seven games.
"He’s definitely anxious to get back," outside linebacker coach Bill Shuey said of Mack on Monday. "This is hard for him. He loves to compete, and this is hard — especially the last two games that he’s missed, we haven’t won those. He always feels that there’s something he coulda done to help."
Any help Mack offers moving forward will be strictly motivational until next September.