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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
BBAO: Alshon Jeffery among big injuries

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Week 5 brought a number of significant injuries to the NFC North. As we noted late Monday night, the Green Bay Packers have lost tailback Cedric Benson for at least eight weeks and perhaps the season because of a Lisfranc foot injury. The Minnesota Vikings believe receiver Jerome Simpson has a back injury that is causing leg numbness, and I also want to point out another ailment that might have been lost in the shuffle Monday.

Chicago Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery has a fractured right hand, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, and will miss a couple of games even though the Bears have their bye this week. The injury occurred in Sunday's 41-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jeffery is the Bears' second-leading receiver behind Brandon Marshall. He's caught 14 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns amid limited playing time for Devin Hester and a hand injury that has cost veteran Earl Bennett two games.

Continuing around the NFC North: