Jerrell Freeman Will Undergo Surgery for Pectoral Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2017

Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman works out during the NFL football team's minicamp at Halas Hall, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told reporters Wednesday that linebacker Jerrell Freeman will require surgery for a torn pectoral muscle.

The Bears had placed Freeman on injured reserve Tuesday.

The team signed Freeman to a three-year deal last offseason after he spent the previous four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He missed a combined seven games due to injury in 2014-15.  

Freeman was also suspended for four games last season after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.  

When healthy, Freeman is one of the NFL's best linebackers. Pro Football Focus graded him as the NFL's best linebacker in 2016 with a 93.8 overall grade, and he had just one missed tackle with 40 made tackles while in coverage.  

Losing Freeman creates a massive hole in the Bears defense. Christian Jones is likely to move into the starting lineup opposite Danny Trevathan to take his place.