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Bears’ Henry Melton awaits MRI on knee

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melt(69) is carted off after being injured third quarter an NFL football game against Pittsburgh

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) is carted off after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

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Updated: September 23, 2013 9:58AM



Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is expected to undergo an MRI Monday morning at Halas Hall after suffering a serious left knee injury against the Steelers on Sunday night.

Coach Marc Trestman also is scheduled to meet the media at 1:30 p.m., where more information about Melton should be revealed.

Melton was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 40-23 victory. He was being blocked by Steelers guard David DeCastro and his left leg buckled, causing him to fall. Melton lay on the field for several moments before a cart was called to help him off the field.

Several Bears wished Melton well on Twitter after the game. In the locker room, many sounded pessimistic about Melton’s status.

“It’s hard, man,” defensive tackle Stephen Paea said. “I walked in there, and you just tell him to stay up, man. We have his back.”

This was a big season for Melton. He’s playing under an $8.45 million franchise tag and had gotten off to a slow start after sitting out most of the preseason because of a concussion.

With Melton injured, veteran defensive tackle Nate Collins will take over next to Paea. The Bears are expected to look at defensive tackle help in the free-agent market, but undrafted rookie Zach Minter (inactive for the first three games) should also get a chance.



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