Based on his past, it cannot come as a surprise to the Bears that Dusty Dvoracek will miss the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee Saturday night against the New York Giants.
That does not make it any easier for the team when it comes to a position where there is no such thing as too much depth, and it certainly can't lessen the blow for the affable and hard-working Dvoracek. A source close to the player confirmed the injury to the Sun-Times Sunday night.
Dvoracek finished on injured reserve in each of his first three seasons. He underwent foot surgery as a rookie in 2006 after the Bears selected him in the third round from Oklahoma, where he was teammates with Tommie Harris. He rebounded to win a starting job at the start of the next season following the departure of Tank Johnson but tore the ACL in his left knee in the season opener at San Diego. Dvoracek returned as a starter last season but couldn't make it through the season as he suffered a torn biceps in Week 13.
He was in a competition with Matt Toeaina for what will likely be the final spot on the 53-man roster for a job. Toeaina held that position last year when he was the sixth tackle the club kept. Anthony Adams and Marcus Harrison are in the mix now to be the starting nose tackle.