Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was able to
return from a broken hand Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. The hand
injury required surgery and kept him out for most of the first half of the
season. Jeffery sustained another injury, this time to his knee, Monday, and he’s
set to undergo arthroscopic surgery this morning.
The injury wasn’t initially expected to be severe, as
Jeffery was able to walk off the field under his own power without a noticeable
limp. However, the rookie wide receiver will require surgery and a timeframe
for his return isn’t clear. ESPNChicago.com is reporting he’ll miss two weeks,
while the Chicago Sun-Times is saying it will be closer to four to six weeks.
Jeffery’s return offered Chicago’s quarterback, Jason
Campbell for now and Jay Cutler long-term, a number two target opposite Brandon
Marshall. With Jeffery out for another extended stretch the Bears will once
again depend on former cornerback Devin Hester to expand his role.
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