The Chicago Bears revealed some expected bad news earlier today when head coach Marc Trestman confirmed that defensive end Willie Young did tear his Achilles tendon yesterday against the Detroit Lions.
Young has been the most productive defensive lineman on the team, compiling 10 sacks, 40 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and 2 passes defended.
Trestman on Willie Young tearing Achilles: "That's a tough one. He's been an inspirational leader. He'll be missed on Sunday certainly."— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 22, 2014
The Bears didn't have a time table for his return, but Dr. Chao is predicting 6-9 months.
"@ESPNChiBears: Trestman confirms that DE Willie Young tore his left Achilles and will need surgery. Timetable unclear."> Expect 6-9 months.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 22, 2014
With defensive end Lamarr Houston already rehabbing from a torn ACL and now Willie Young expected to get a late start to his 2015 season, the Bears are suddenly thin at the position. They currently only have three healthy DEs that will be under contract for the 2015 season, Jared Allen, David Bass and Cornelius Washington.
What do you think the Bears will do this off season at defensive end?