PITTSBURGH – Defensive tackle Henry Melton, who left Sunday night’s 40-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on a cart after injuring his left knee in the second half, left Heinz Field on crutches and will be evaluated on Monday.
“He’s under observation right now,” coach Marc Trestman said.
Melton was injured on a pass rush against Steelers right guard David DeCastro. His left knee appeared to buckle as he worked to get around to DeCastro’s right side and Melton went down holding his knee.
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Nate Collins and Stephen Paea have both played the three-technique in their careers although Paea in particular has played primarily at nose tackle.
Defensive end Corey Wootton took additional snaps inside at tackle Sunday in part because of Melton’s absence as well as the Steelers’ use of nickel packages when trailing.
The Bears also kept rookie Zach Minter on the roster but have not activated him for a game day yet.
Cornerback Charles Tillman started after missing practice time last week with a knee bruise from the Minnesota game. He was taken out of the Pittsburgh game with some groin soreness, replaced by Zackary Bowman, but was cleared to have returned had the need arisen.