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Report: Jeffery breaks hand

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery apparently paid a steep price for hauling in his second touchdown of the season.

Jeffery broke his right hand in Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and could miss 4 to 6 weeks because of the injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. The Bears have a bye next weekend and will not play again until Oct. 22, when they will host the Detroit Lions.

Jeffery, 22, appeared to injure his hand while catching a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter at EverBank Field. He grimaced and clutched his hand after falling in the end zone and immediately headed for the sideline while teammates Brandon Marshall, Gabe Carimi and Chilo Rachal congratulated him.

The absence of Jeffery could create more opportunities for Earl Bennett and Devin Hester in the Bears’ offense. Bennett has missed the past two games because of a hand injury, but Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that he expected Bennett to be ready for Week 7.

In five games, Jeffery has caught 14 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

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