DeAndre Houston-Carson Broke His Arm Against the Broncos, Depleting the Bears Depth Further

If the Chicago Bears didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports that safety DeAndre Houston-Carson suffered a broken arm during the team’s preseason win against the Denver Broncos last Saturday. How much time Houston-Carson will miss has yet to be determined, though it sounds like the injury will cost the 25-year-old safety a significant amount of regular season time. The injury chips away at the depth in Chicago’s secondary, while removing one of the special teams’ top contributors from the mix. What a bummer for the 2016 sixth-round pick who was climbing the depth chart as he entered his third NFL season.

Houston-Carson’s special teams contributions and his improved play in training camp and during the preseason positioned him to be a primary backup behind Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson. But without Houston-Carson, the Bears will now turn to Deon Bush and Deiondre’ Hall to fill in. Hall has a battle of his own to overcome after being handed down a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

And to think, Houston-Carson was playing well during the preseason, standing out the most when he was one of Pro Football Focus’ five highest-graded safeties to play in Preseason Week 1. His willingness and ability to perform at a high level on special teams should not be overlooked. Finding special teams contributors who can also chip in as a defensive back with some semblance of reliability don’t grow on trees. So if the Bears are expected to be without him for a long while, then it’s important to find a viable replacement who could help over the long-haul. Of course, finding that player doesn’t figure to be easy.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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