Bears franchise player Melton suffers concussion

Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton, the team's franchise player, suffered a concussion against the Carolina Panthers.

He'll have to pass an NFL baseline neurological test before he can resume playing.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett is also sidelined with a concussion.

"Henry has a concussion and he'll be in a NFL concussion protocol situation right now and will be day-to-day," Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters.

Melton made the Pro Bowl last season when he finished with six sacks and 33 tackles.

The Bears didn't get anywhere in contract talks with Melton, so he'll play this season under the franchise tag.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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