Alshon Jeffery Injury: Updates on Bears WR's Hand

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) reacts after being called for offensive pass interference in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Alshon Jeffery gave the Chicago Bears a 20-3 lead in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but that catch also sent Jeffery to the team's trainers.


UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 11:10 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Just when you got excited Bears fans, Jeffery is injured again.

According to ESPN's Michael C. Wright, Jeffery left Monday night's game with a new injury:

Alshon Jeffery is out with a knee injury.

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 20, 2012

Stay tuned for details.


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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5:17 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

According to Adam Jahns, Bears' beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Alshon Jefferey will be on the field for the Bears when they take on the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night:

#Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery is good to go for Monday night vs. 49ers.

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 17, 2012

That's welcome news for the Bears, who will want to give QB Jason Campbell, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, as many options as possible against a staunch 49ers defense.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Jeffery was once again limited in practice on Thursday (via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times):

#Bears coach Lovie Smith said Jay Cutler and Shea McClellin didn't practice, and Alshon Jeffery was limited.

— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 15, 2012

It's probably best to consider the rookie a true game-time decision for Monday night's battle with the San Francisco 49ers.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Jeffery is out for Sunday night's huge game between the Bears and the Texans. The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns relays the information. 

#Bears inactives for tonight include: Jeffery, Sanzenbacher, Williams, Toeaina, Eldridge, Okoye, Ozougwu.

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 12, 2012


UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Alshon Jeffery participated in some drills during Bears practice on Friday according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns. Despite the good news, he's doubtful for Sunday night's matchup vs. the Houston Texans in Week 10, according to Jahns.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Ryan Davenport

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffrey has been declared inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, per the team's Twitter account.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Alshon Jeffery has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a fractured right hand. This is the second game in a row he has missed since the Bears' Week 6 bye. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:55 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Alshon Jeffery has been declared inactive for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, via Michael C. Wright of

Wright tweeted:

Bears inactives: A. Jeffery, S. McManis, E. Williams, M. Toeaina, B. Eldridge, N. Collins, C. Ozougwu

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) October 22, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 8 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The latest update on wide receiver Chicago Alshon Jeffrey's injured hand is not promising. 

The Chicago Sun-Times'  Sean Jensen reported the following on Jeffrey's condition:

#Bears rookie WR Alshon Jeffery could miss 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his right hand, according to league source.

— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) Oct. 8, 2012

This is an abrupt change from the previous thoughts on the seriousness of the injury, and the Bears offense will miss his presence in the passing game. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 11:48 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to ESPN's Michael C. Wright, Alshon Jeffery's injury isn't as serious as the Bears initially thought:

Not serious Im told. They were worried at first though. RT @armyag3: @mikecwright any word on Alshon Jeffery's hand yet?

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) Oct. 8, 2012


Great news for Bears fans, as Jeffery is one of the league's best rookie receivers and without a doubt gives this offense a solid boost.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known.

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According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Adam Jahns, Jeffery will not return:

Alshon Jeffery is out with a hand injury and will not return for the #Bears.

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) Oct. 7, 2012

The touchdown catch was Jeffery's second grab of the day, putting him at 20 yards overall. 

Jeffery has gotten off to a reasonably good start in his first NFL season. Coming into Sunday's game, the 6'3'' target had 12 catches for 164 yards and one score.

His size gives the Bears two major matchup issues on the outside, with Pro Bowl talent Brandon Marshall being the other. Jeffery's raw, but his size and athleticism are intriguing as soon as he touches the ball.

Losing Jeffery for any length of time would damage a Bears passing attack that currently ranks 25th in the league. It wouldn't be a devastating blow, but they don't have a plethora of options to work with down the field.

If Jeffery is out, Devin Hester, Dane Sanzenbacher and Chicago's group of tight ends will have to take on a little more responsibility. It's not the same as losing Marshall, but any blow is tough for a team that lacks vertical weapons.

If you own Jeffery in your fantasy football league, chances are he rides your bench most weeks. This shouldn't impact you, but you may want to keep an eye on the severity in case you want to make a waiver-wire switch.

There are worse players to lose, but Jeffery was improving every week.

Keep an eye out for more updates concerning the status of the Bears rookie.


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