LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears will be without starting right guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury. And for that, they are not happy with Minnesota’s Jared Allen.
Coach Lovie Smith took issue with the hit that knocked Louis out of Sunday’s win over the Vikings, calling it unnecessary.
“Yes. I did,” Smith said when asked weather he thought the hit was unnecessary. “Jared Allen plays the game a certain way, a good player in our league. I think there are some plays when you look at them again, you say, ‘Hey, we could have done without that.’ I think our game could do without that play. We have an injured player right now based on it. I think he could have gotten blocked a little bit differently, but that’s about all I can probably say about it. I’m sure the league will look at it and give another opinion about what they think.”
The play happened on an interception by the Vikings’ Antoine Winfield. As Winfield returned the interception, Allen launched himself at Louis for a blindside hit to the head. As he fell, his knee buckled awkwardly beneath him.
No penalty was called on the play, and Allen defended the hit afterward, saying he thought it was clean.
The Bears also lost top running back Matt Forte and star cornerback Charles Tillman to ankle injuries along with return specialist and receiver Devin Hester to a concussion. Left guard Chris Spencer also left the game with a knee injury, leaving Chicago (8-3) without its two starting guards.
Their status for this week’s game against Seattle (6-5) remained up in the air.
In Philadelphia, Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers (3-8) to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia’s Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards, but the Eagles (3-8) still lost their seventh straight game.
Miami Dolphins reserve defensive back Jonathon Amaya allegedly choked a taxi driver and was charged with battery early Monday.
According to a police report, Amaya offered the driver $100 to take him from Miami Beach to Weston. The driver told police Amaya became aggressive, so he turned around the car and asked him to get out. The driver said Amaya then leaned forward, wrapped his hands around the driver’s neck and starting choking him.
Officers saw the taxi driving erratically and heard the driver scream “this man is trying to kill me.” Police escorted Amaya out of the car, and he was arrested. The driver wasn’t injured.
The NFL will not suspend Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his actions against Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. …
A person familiar with the decision says the NFL will not suspend Saints starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for his kick to the back of 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone’s helmet. … New England defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright were suspended for four games without pay for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. … San Francisco wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams said he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. …
Rex Ryan expects Tim Tebow (broken ribs) to be “ready to go” for the New York Jets’ next game. …
Arizona is sticking with Ryan Lindley at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play. … Detroit’s game at Green Bay will remain on Sunday night Dec. 9, as will the 49ers-Patriots showdown the next week. … Tennessee coach Mike Munchak has fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.