I was finally starting to feel a little bit less angry about the Bears' embarrassing performance against the 49ers... and then this news broke about Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on Tuesday night:
Multiple sources tell the Tribune that Jeffery will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday morning. Jeffery was injured in the 32-7 loss to the 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Jeffery caught two passes for 15 yards in the game. He has 16 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Jeffery, a second-round draft pick from South Carolina, said after the game he was fine but he was similarly upbeat and vague after the Jaguars game when his hand was broken on a touchdown reception as Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis twisted one of his fingers.
It’s unknown at this point how long Jeffery will be sidelined. With six regular-season games remaining, it is possible he could return before the year is over. Jeffery has been valuable on third down and in the red zone.Source: Chicago Tribune
And... my anger level is officially Hulk.
Devastating news for a struggling Bears offense. When Jeffery missed weeks 5-10, the hope was a receiver such as Earl Bennett or Devin Hester would step up, but neither did (although I don't think Bennett's seen enough snaps/targets as he should've), so I'm not going to expect that to happen this time around either. And opposing teams are only paying more attention to Brandon Marshall each week, so his receptions are going to be tougher to come by as well. What this all boils down to: the Bears really need to get the running game going.
We'll keep you posted as we learn more, especially about Jeffery's estimated return date. The way things are going right now, I'm not expecting that date to be anytime soon.
UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen tweets that the scope should sideline Jeffery 2-4 weeks:
S-T Blog: #Bears WR Alshon Jeffery could be out 2-4 weeks after knee scope blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2012/11/…And here's the Bears' remaining schedule:
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 21, 2012
Sunday, November 25- Vikings
Sunday, December 2- Seahawks
Sunday, December 9- at Vikings
Sunday, December 16- Packers
Sunday, December 23- at Cardinals
Sunday, December 30- at Lions
The good news is that of the next four weeks, the first two games are the most "winnable" on paper, so the Bears may be able to get by without him for those games. Playing at Minnesota is always tough, and it will of course look even more difficult if the Bears can't even beat them at Soldier Field first. But, obviously, the main game the Bears hope they can have Jeffery back for is the Packers one.
Please heal quickly, Alshon's knee.
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