The Chicago Bears offensive line took another major hit in a 28-10 blowout victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Consequently, the Chicago Bears who were already thin at guard will miss fourth-year veteran Lance Louis for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The Chicago Bears placed the right guard Lance Louis on the injured reserve Monday, after h einjured his knee on a questionable block by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jarred Allen. Lance Louis needed help to walk off the field Sunday night as the Chicago Bears were forced to move second-year guard Gabe Carimi to the spot.
Early in the third-quarter, Lance Louis was injured on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield's interception return when Jarred Allen launched himself from Louis’s blindside, who was looking downfield. Jarred Allen seemingly hit Lance Louis in the head, as his knees buckled on contact and he crashed to the ground.
On Monday, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith felt that the hit was unnecessary.
“Jared Allen plays the game a certain way. He's a good player in our league,” said Lovie Smith. “But I think there are some plays when you look at them again you say, 'Hey, we could have done without that.'”
“We have an injured player right now based on it. I think you could have gotten a block a little bit differently,” added Lovie Smith, but still refusing to elaborate on it. “I'm sure the league will look at it and they'll give an opinion about what they think."
"There have been a number of rules put in the game now that you can't hit a defenseless player. Lance's vision is clearly downfield. Allen hits him on his blind side,” Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije sounded in agreement with his coach. “He (Allen) had a lot of options. He could have laid him (Lance Louis) out with just using his hands to his chest…It's (just) unfortunate because Lance has played very well for us."
However, after the game, Jarred Allen insisted he made a clean hit on Lance Louis.
"I thought it was a legal hit…I turned around, he was running to make a tackle and I threw myself into him to make a block,” said Jarred Allen. "My condolences to him and his family. I never ever try and intentionally hurt anybody. I'm just trying to make a block and spring our guy down the sideline."
Chicago Bears already lack depth at guard after starting left guard Chilo Rachal left the team last week, and his replacement Chris Spencer was forced out midway through the game with a knee injury. Fourth-year guard Edwin Williams, who’s been inactive for the past six games filled was moved to the spot.
Although Gabe Carimi, who previously lost his starting right tackle role to Jonathan Scott, bought another change to the lineup Sunday night.
"Gabe Carimi played well at the right guard position for us. It's a little bit different. He's been playing out in space and it's a different animal inside like that,” stated Lovie Smith. “But Gabe is a tough guy and he said he would be ready to go with whatever we asked him to do and he showed that (Sunday)."