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Bears place Jeffery, Goldman on IR

Posted Dec 30, 2015

The Bears on Wednesday placed receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on injured reserve and signed defensive linemen Greg Scruggs and Terry Williams.

The Bears on Wednesday put receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on injured reserve and signed defensive linemen Greg Scruggs and Terry Williams.

Alshon Jeffery
WR Alshon Jeffery was placed on injured reserve.

Limited to nine games this season, Jeffery caught 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns. He's been sidelined since hurting his hamstring Dec. 20 in a loss to the Vikings but has also missed games this season—as well as the entire preseason—with injuries to his calf, groin and shoulder.

Jeffery, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent, has appeared in 51 games with 44 starts over four seasons with the Bears, catching 252 passes for 3,728 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 2012 second-round pick from South Carolina ranks eighth in Bears history in receiving yards and 10th in receptions.

Goldman, who was selected by the Bears in the second round of this year's draft out of Florida State, played in the first 15 games with 12 starts this season, recording 39 tackles, 4.5 sacks and six tackles-for-loss. He ranks fourth among NFL rookies in sacks.

"I think he's had a good rookie season, I really do," coach John Fox said Monday. "I know I'm excited about working with him moving forward, and I think he's excited about working with us."

Scruggs appeared in 14 games over three seasons with the Seahawks after being chosen by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, registering eight tackles, two sacks and one pass breakup.

Williams originally joined the Bears this offseason as an undrafted free agent from East Carolina. He had seven tackles and two tackles-for-loss during the preseason and spent the first month of the regular season on the Bears' practice squad.