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Henry Melton injury: Bears DT heads to locker room

The Bears' depth will continue to be challenged as Henry Melton is the latest key player to be sidelined by an injury.

Dilip Vishwanat

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton took a cart to the locker room after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. It's just the latest in a long line of injuries piling up on Lovie Smith's roster.

It's not totally clear what happened to Melton, but he did gingerly walk off the field under his own power after laying on the ground for a period of time. Apparently he was unable to get all the way to the locker room on his own, though, as he was seen riding a cart into the tunnel not long after leaving the game.

For Chicago, it's almost unthinkable to consider the bevy of injuries that have hit the team over the past few weeks. One of the most impressive rosters in the league has quickly been ripped apart, one year after a similar barrage of injuries derailed another potentially great Bears season.

Melton emerged as one of Chicago's best performers on an impressive defensive line this year. Over the first 12 games, he recorded 39 tackles, six fumbles and two forced fumbles.