Bears' Lance Louis to injured reserve
Jeff Dickerson [ARCHIVE]
ESPNChicago.com | November 26, 2012
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have placed starting right guard Lance Louis on injured reserve with a season-ending left knee injury, the team announced on Monday.
Louis suffered the knee injury on a block by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen that blindsided the offensive lineman while he was running down the field after quarterback Jay Cutler tossed an interception early in the third quarter of a 28-10 Bears victory on Sunday.
A four-year NFL veteran, Louis was enjoying possibly his best season with the Bears. He was in talks with the organization about a contract extension before the injury. It's unclear when those talks will resume. Louis' rookie contract is set to expire after the 2012 season.
Before the IR news was announced, Cutler said Monday that replacing Louis would be difficult.
"Lance has been solid for the last couple of years," he said on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "He cares deeply about his performance and the offensive line's performance. He's kind of the rock out there so to lose him, it would be tough. I haven't really heard exactly what the extent of the injury is. Hopefully we get him back. If not there's going to be a big hole to fill."