Report: Bears WR Jeffery to undergo knee surgery

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Report: Bears WR Jeffery to undergo knee surgery

The fortunes of the GM Phil Emerys first draft class suffered another significant injury setback with news that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will have arthroscopic knee surgery this week in the wake of Monday nights loss at San Francisco.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the surgery scheduled for Wednesday.

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 Jefferys position point to a time frame of possibly three to four weeks.

Jeffery caught two passes in the 49ers game, giving him 16 on the season. He was emerging as a red-zone threat in particular and as an effective counterpoint to Brandon Marshall, giving the Bears two big, physical receivers in an offense that has only occasionally had even one.

The Bears were without No. 1 pick Shea McClellin on Monday after the defensive end sustained a concussion in the Houston game. Jeffery missed four games with a fractured hand at Jacksonville. No. 3 pick and safety Brandon Hardin was lost for the season with a neck injury in preseason. Tight endfullback Evan Rodriguez was down for four games with a knee strain.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler won't be making a surprise return to the Cubs next season.

Fowler is closing in on a deal to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Cubs signed outfielder Jon Jay last week to a one-year deal, pretty much sealing Fowler's future with the Cubs.

In two seasons in Chicago, Fowler batted .261/.367/.427 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and a World Series ring.