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Bears release outside linebacker Lamarr Houston

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Bears release outside linebacker Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston's roller coaster with the Bears is over.

The outside linebacker, who former general manager Phil Emery inked to a five-year, $35 million in 2014, was released with an injury settlement on Wednesday.

Houston's ride in Chicago had many ups and downs. His first season with the team ended in embarrassing fashion when he tore his ACL while celebrating a meaningless sack in a blowout loss. He had a resurgence the next season, however, playing in all 16 games and leading the team with eight sacks.  

Knee problems quickly derailed any progress made, as the seven-year veteran was lost in the second game of last season with another torn ACL. His 2017 campaign lasted four preseason games. He was placed on injured reserve after suffering another knee injury in the preseason finale.

Houston said his goodbyes to the city and organization via Fox Sports, telling fans "it was an honor to play for you guys." 

He also posted on his Instagram account: 

I would like to thank @chicagobears for the opportunity of a lifetime! Great fans, great organization, great city!

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What are Bears' chances against Panthers?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What are Bears' chances against Panthers?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Laurence Holmes (670 The Score) and Phil Rogers (MLB.com) join Kap on the panel.

The crew discusses Bobby Portis’ suspension, Edzo’s return to the booth and the Bears' chances against the Panthers. 

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: