With one game remaining in the regular season, two more key players for the Chicago Bears have been placed on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday, as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and nose tackle Eddie Goldman will be shut down.
Jeffery, who has been dealing with a rash of lower body injuries throughout the season, will miss his second straight game. The injury bug has certainly caused some to question whether the Bears will give him a lucrative contract extension after the season is over, and the team may end up opting for a one-year trial by placing the franchise tag on the oft-injured receiver.
As for Goldman, he has been a standout at nose tackle ever since he began playing the position during his rookie season. He ended up injuring his leg in the team’s last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and although the team is optimistic that they will not have to perform surgery on the injury, it’s still a sad end to what has otherwise been a strong rookie campaign.
Jeffery’s injury should give more looks to tight end Zach Miller, and players like Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy will keep seeing an increased workload as well. In the case of Goldman, Bruce Gaston will likely get the starting spot at nose tackle as the Bears look to finish out their season on a high note.