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Lamarr Houston: There won’t be much to laugh about this season

Lamarr Houston

AP

When Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston tore his ACL while celebrating his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Patriots, he became a punchline for plenty of people.

Houston could see the humor in the situation and says that people are “not wrong to question why I celebrated and they’re not wrong to say I shouldn’t have celebrated,” although he feels he had reason to celebrate. He also says that the celebration is going to remain part of his game while vowing that it won’t lead to laughter this season.

“My second thought was ‘Laugh now. Because next year when I come back, there’s not going to be much to laugh about,’” Houston said, via the Chicago Tribune.

Houston made another vow as he prepares to play the second season of a five-year, $35 million deal that he signed with the Bears before last season.

“People in Chicago haven’t had the opportunity to see my full athleticism yet,” Houston said. “They’ll be surprised. I guarantee that.”

Houston joins Jared Allen in making the move to outside linebacker this season and will be part of a group that also includes Willie Young and Pernell McPhee as the Bears try to resurrect their defense under new coordinator Vic Fangio. They’ll need that group to provide consistent pressure off the edge for that resurrection to take place or there won’t be much more to celebrate in Chicago this season.