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November 21, 2011

Mannelly out for season with ruptured ACL

By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 11/21/2011 4:15 PM

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bears captain to sustain a significant injury in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.

Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured ACL he suffered on an extra-point attempt midway through the second quarter.

Patrick Mannelly

“We’re losing him for the season,” said coach Lovie Smith. “We’ll put him on IR, so two valuable guys in our program went down [Sunday].”

Mannelly, who joined the Bears in 1998 as a sixth-round draft pick from Duke, has played in a franchise-record 215 games, missing just three contests in 14 seasons. He sat out one game in 2001 with a sprained ankle and two contests in 2002 with a knee injury.

Mannelly has played in 147 straight games and his 14 seasons are tied for the most in Bears history with linebackers Bill George (1952-65) and Doug Buffone (1966-79).

Fullback Tyler Clutts filled in admirably for Mannelly against the Chargers, snapping on a punt for the first time since high school. The Bears are expected to work out a couple long-snappers, but may ultimately keep Clutts in that role.

“He finished up and did a good job," Smith said. "But we’ll also look outside a little bit with that too. If Tyler is our snapper, we’ll feel good with him. But we have other options right now. We’re going to look at all of those.”

Also on Monday, the Bears waived undrafted rookie defensive end Mario Addison.

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