Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field.
Since joining the Bears in 2015 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Acho has appeared in 51 games with 25 starts and recorded 140 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last season he played in all 16 games with 12 starts and registered 40 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
With Acho sidelined, the Bears will rely on their next-man-up mentality at outside linebacker, a deep position that features veterans Khalil Mack, Aaron Lynch and Leonard Floyd as well as Isaiah Irving and rookie sixth-round pick Kylie Fitts. Irving has not played since the season opener in Green Bay, while Fitts has been inactive in all four games.
"Sam's a great person, a great player; that's a big loss for us," said coach Matt Nagy. "But we have guys behind him that will be ready to step up. I think one of the strengths of our team is the depth that [general manager] Ryan [Pace] and his guys have brought to us. So it'll be an opportunity for someone else to come make some plays."