Injuries have been a problem for Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery all season and now they have brought his year to an early end.
The Bears announced Wednesday that they have placed Jeffery on injured reserve. Jeffery missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury and the move to IR means he’ll wind up with seven missed games for the year. Jeffery was bothered by a hamstring injury earlier in the season as well and also popped up on injury reports with calf, groin and shoulder problems.
It all adds up to a disappointing year for the wideout and the disappointment is likely enhanced by the fact that he’s heading into free agency. He was on path for a big contract after big and healthy years in 2013 and 2014, but that number figures to be a bit lower after his problems staying on the field this time around.
The Bears also placed rookie defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on injured reserve due to a Week 16 ankle injury. Reports this week have indicated he doesn’t need to have surgery, so he should be ready for offseason workouts. Goldman had 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks while playing every game and making 12 starts up front.
Chicago signed defensive linemen Greg Scruggs and Terry Williams to move the roster back to 53 players.