NASHVILLE -- Defensive linemen Henry Melton and Israel Idonije suffered injuries during the second quarter of Chicago’s 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but neither expects to miss any time.
Melton left the field to be examined in the locker room in the second quarter, and Bears coach Lovie Smith said the defensive tackle suffered a back injury. Melton said he “just got a little dinged up.”
“We were blowing them out, but if the game were close I definitely would’ve kept playing,” Melton said. “I could’ve kept playing, but they were just taking precaution.”
Idonije injured his left knee earlier in the second quarter while trying to make a tackle on Titans running back Chris Johnson, but returned for the final defensive play of the first half as the Bears took a 31-5 lead at intermission. After injuring the knee, Idonije remained on the ground for more than a minute before walking off the field on his own.
In the locker room after the game, Idonije walked with a noticeable limp but said “no, I’m good” when asked whether he expected the injury to force him out of the lineup.
“I got hit in the back of the legs, then hit forward, then hit back,” Idonije explained. “But I’m alright. Whenever you feel things popping and stuff you’re never sure. The good thing is I was able to walk it off. It’s gonna be a little sore, but that’s the game of football.”
Idonije finished the game with a half sack and two tackles, while Melton also contributed a pair of tackles. Melton came into the game ranked second on the team in sacks (4.5). Idonije pushed his season sack total to 4 with his performance against the Titans.
“He was able to finish the game,” Smith said of Melton, “and Israel hurt his knee but he was able to return also.”