The Chicago Bears have placed Leonard Floyd on injured reserve after the linebacker suffered injuries to his MCL and PCL, the team announced on Thursday.
Floyd injured his knee in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions when Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller collided with his knee while attempting to make to tackle Lions running back Theo Riddick.
While Floyd did avoid injury to his ACL, Bears head coach John Fox did say on Tuesday that the second-year pass-rusher may still have to undergo surgery.
“It’s going to be some time until he can come back — if it all, the rest of this season,” Fox said. “It’s good to hear it wasn’t the ACL. … It was MCL, PCL. We’ll require some work to get him fixed, but it’s obviously better news than a total reconstruction.”
The ninth overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, Floyd is a big loss, as he has developed into one of the Bears’ best defenders. He finishes the season with 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.
The Bears promoted linebacker Howard Jones from their practice squad to take Floyd’s roster spot. Jones played 20 games for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons and had five sacks in 2015.