Henry Melton injures left knee

Updated: September 23, 2013, 4:02 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was carted off Heinz Field on Sunday night due to a left knee injury.

He will undergo an MRI on Monday morning.

Melton left the game with 12:58 to play when he fell awkwardly while trying to make a move as he was engaged with a Pittsburgh offensive player. The team announced minutes later that Melton would be out for the remainder of the game with the knee injury.

Prior to suffering the injury, Melton recovered a Felix Jones fumble caused by safety Major Wright that led to a Robbie Gould 32-yard field goal with 10:58 remaining in the third quarter. The play gave the Bears a 27-10 lead that was trimmed to 27-23 with 10:38 left.

The club's franchise player, Melton suffered a concussion during the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers that slowed him through the first two games of the season. Going in to Sunday's game, Melton hadn't yet contributed a sack after coming off a 2012 campaign in which he contributed six sacks.

Melton has posted 13 sacks since 2011, which ranks as No. 2 in the NFL among defensive tackles during that span.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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