The Chicago Bears were handed some pretty serious injury news on Monday afternoon:
Bears LB Sam Acho out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) October 1, 2018
Outside linebacker Sam Acho will miss the rest of the 2018 season, because of a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the team’s Week 4 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bummer. Acho is an underrated defender on what has been a smash-mouth defense to this point in the year. In addition to being a stout run defender and special teams contributor, Acho is a team leader both on and off the field. It really stinks.
That said, perhaps Acho’s loss would’ve been viewed differently had the Bears not acquired Khalil Mack before the season. Prior to Mack’s arrival, Acho was slated to be a starting outside linebacker opposite of Leonard Floyd. But because the Bears have Mack, it allowed the team to better use him in advantageous spots. Even still, Acho’s injury puts a dent in the Bears’ depth and that matters.
Fortunately, the Bears are on a bye this week, which gives the team time to sort through their replacement options. In-house candidates to take Acho’s place on the active roster include second-year linebacker Isaiah Irving and sixth-round rookie Kylie Fitts, so things could be worse for the Bears. But still … it stinks to see a player who has played through some lean times suffer an injury that takes him out of action when things are finally starting to go well.