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Alshon Jeffery injury: Knee surgery may only keep Bears WR out 3-4 weeks

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery could still return before the end of the season.

Thearon W. Henderson

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will have microscopic knee surgery on Sunday, but CSN's John Mullin speculates that Jeffery could be back in three to four weeks.

How much time Jeffery will miss is unclear but the injury is not believed to be season-ending. Players including center Roberto Garza have returned from knee scopes in as little as two weeks but the nature of physical demands at Jeffery's position point to a time frame of possibly three to four weeks.

(via CSN Chicago)

Jeffery hurt his knee in Chicago's 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. It was his first game back after breaking his hand in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5. In six games this year, Jeffery has caught 16 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

His injury will shine an even brighter light on a Bears offense that has struggled in the wake of Jay Cutler's concussion. Jason Campbell has been ineffective in his 1½ games as Chicago's first-team quarterback, and the rest of the Bears' wide receivers have had trouble replacing Jeffery's production behind Brandon Marshall. Jeffery is just four yards behind Devin Hester for second on the team in receiving yards, despite having played four fewer games.