The Bears brought back a familiar face Wednesday, claiming veteran outside linebacker Lamarr Houston off waivers from the Houston Texans.
Houston, who originally joined the Bears in 2014, hurt his knee Aug. 31 in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. He was placed on injured reserve Sept. 2 and then released Sept. 6.
Houston signed with the Texans Oct. 11 after defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus suffered season-ending injuries. Houston was waived Tuesday after appearing in five games and recording six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown.
Houston tore his ACL midway through his first season with the Bears in 2014 and rebounded to compile a team-leading and career-high eight sacks in 2015. But he tore his ACL again last year in a Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and missed the rest of the season.
Prior to joining the Bears, Houston spent his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Houston's return comes a week-and-a-half after second-year outside linebacker Leonard Floyd suffered a season-ending knee injury in a loss to the Detroit Lions. Houston fills the roster spot that belonged to receiver Tre McBride III, who was waived Tuesday.