The NFL announced today that Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Monday Night Football. It the first time in his career he has received the award.
Against the Green Bay Packers, McClellin racked up five tackles, two for loss, and three sacks. His first sack, which halted Green Bay's opening drive of the game, fractured Aaron Rodgers' collarbone, knocking him out of the game.
"He likes to roll out to the right a lot, we knew that coming in, and there was a pocket so I came back and got the sack," McClellin said after the game.
It was a breakout game for McClellin, who had just three sacks total in his first 21 NFL games. The former first-round pick was approaching "bust" territory but his performance last week could kick-start his career.
"He did a great job, made some plays," said teammate Julius Peppers. "It's good to see him out there rushing, and hopefully he can carry that momentum for the rest of the season."
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.