Bears Lose DT Melton for Season

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in the Bears 40-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

Melton was rushing the quarterback when he stepped down awkwardly on his left leg and fell to the turf. Melton had to be carted off the field, and had an MRI Monday morning.

"He's terribly disappointed," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said of Melton. "We've just got to let this settle for a while. We lost a very good player. Unfortunately, it's a next-man-up situation where the next guy has got to come up and be ready to play and help our football team."

The 26-year-old Melton ranks second in the NFL in sacks (13) by a defensive tackle since 2011.

"Thanks for all the love and support, "Melton tweeted Monday. "Today starts a new day for a different journey God has planned for me. I WILL be ready next season, but in the meantime I will grind harder than ever before and cheer on my Bears to the (champion)ship. Everything happens for a reason."

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