Quenneville unsure of how long Hossa will be out

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Quenneville unsure of how long Hossa will be out

Marian Hossas status hasnt changed much from last night, and coach Joel Quenneville didnt know if it could be a long-term issue as the Blackhawks convened for meetings on Wednesday afternoon.

Hossa was at home, resting, Quenneville said, after Raffi Torres hit on him during the first period of last nights game. The Blackhawks forward was taken off on a stretcher and went to the hospital, but was later released after undergoing some tests.

When asked if this could be a long-term situation for Hossa, Quenneville said, well see.

Quenneville hadnt talked to the right wing yet but several players have.

Hes doing better, Andrew Brunette said. I think were all scared. The way he landed was a little scary.

Torres is suspended indefinitely, pending an in-person hearing he will have with the league on Friday.

For the Blackhawks, there will be an obvious adjustment in Hossas absence. Brandon Saad, the rookie who made the Blackhawks team out of training camp, skated today and Quenneville said he could play in Game 4 tomorrow night.

The series has been a physical one, but players said thats no excuse for last nights hit.

Its obvious theyre hitting hard, they want to hurt, they want to target players. But theyre doing it in a clean way, Patrick Sharp. But last night, I have to disagree with that (hit).

Duncan Keith, who served a five-game suspension for his elbow to Daniel Sedins face at the end of the regular season, said mistakes happen in the heat of the moment.

You have to keep your emotions in check. I learned from that but its tough, though, he said. Hockeys a fast-paced game and things happen in the heat of the moment you regret. At the same time, its about being in control.

Players say its tough to contain emotions and not retaliate in situations when they feel theres a bad hit.

Im sure they felt the same way when there was contact with their goaltender (Mike Smith) in Game 3, Sharp said. But you have to remember youre in a playoff game. as much as you love your teammate and you wish him the best, but you have to play the game.

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

NFL.com's Insider Ian Rapoport dropped a news bomb in the middle of the night, Tweeting in the wee hours of Monday morning that the Bears will not sign receiver Alshon Jeffery to a franchise tag:

Jeffery played under the franchise tag in 2016, when he earned roughly $14.6 million. 

The Bears could still re-sign Jeffery to a longer deal in free agency, but the market on the 27-year-old receiver may climb out of their desired range.

The $17 million franchise tag was an awful lot of salary cap to spend on a guy who has missed 11 games over the last two seasons to injury and a PED suspension that stretched to four games in 2016.

When he was on the field last year, Jeffery turned in his worst stat line since his rookie season, catching only 52 balls for 821 yards and 2 TDs.

Still, his departure would leave a gaping hole in the Bears receiving corps as Cameron Meredith and Kevin White would emerge as the leaders of the group.

Meredith went undrafted out of Illinois State, but he has impressed in his two pro seasons, leading the Bears in receptions (66), targets (96), yards (888) and TDs (4) in 2016.

White was the Bears' first-round pick in 2015 (7th overall) but has played in just four games due to leg issues and has only 19 catches for 187 yards and 0 TDs under his belt.

David Kaplan believes if Jeffery does depart Chicago, it sends a bigger message about the state of the Bears:

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games