Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack placed on season-ending IR for foot surgery

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Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Khalil Mack will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and undergo foot surgery, the team announced Friday. Mack will have surgery next week.

The 30-year-old Mack missed the Bears last two games and finishes the year with a team-leading six sacks and one fumble recovery in seven games.

He had started in 47 straight games for the Bears before missing the team's loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8.

Mack's absence hurts what's been a formidable pass rush, as Chicago ranks eighth in the NFL with 25 total sacks. The Bears are seventh in total yards allowed.

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Mack signed a six-year contract extension with Bears before the 2018 season worth $141 million and included $90 million in total guarantees.

At 3-6, Chicago is in danger of missing the postseason, despite making the playoffs in 2020 with an 8-8 record.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bears' Khalil Mack out for season after landing on injured reserve