What Does Alshon Jeffery Injury Mean for Chicago Bears, Fantasy Owners?

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystNovember 19, 2012

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 23:  Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass and is tackled by Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams on September 23, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the St. Louis Rams 23-6.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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To say that very little went right for the Chicago Bears on Monday night in San Francisco would be something of a misnomer, since it would infer that something went right.

In addition to allowing 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to pile up a boatload of sacks in a drubbing that few would have expected of the NFC North leaders, the Bears also lost one of their offensive weapons just after getting him back into the lineup.

Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who had missed the Bears' past four contests with a fractured hand, was forced from the loss to San Francisco after an air-mailed Jason Campbell pass left him hung out to dry, according to a tweet by the team's website.

WR Alshon Jeffery has left the game with a knee injury and will not return tonight. #Bears #CHIvsSF

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 20, 2012

The loss of Jeffery adds injury to insult on a night when they were absolutely manhandled.  But if Jeffery is sidelined for any amount of time, the impact of that injury will be felt much more by the team than by fantasy owners.

The Bears had hoped that the youngster from South Carolina would provide a complementary threat to the newly acquired Brandon Marshall, and after Jeffery caught three passes for 80 yards and a score in Week 1, it looked like he might be set to do just that.

However, it's been mostly downhill since then and it's preciously hard to make an impact on the football field unless you're, you know, on the football field.

Jeffery's impact in fantasy has been even more negligible.

After his big Week 1, Jeffery was no doubt picked up by many fantasy squads.  As his production tailed off, however, many of those same teams cut him loose.  And once he got hurt, it was onto the waiver wire he went, except in deeper dynasty formats.

All this latest injury does is insure he'll stay there.