Chicago Bears Rookie Undergoes Thumb Surgery

The Chicago Bears, even when healthy are starting the 2022 NFL season behind the 8-ball, but now they've had another curveball thrown their way, as rookie safety Jaquan Brisker has undergone thumb surgery. Brisker, a second round pick in 2022 is looking likely to be the starting safety in his rookie campaign, and while the thumb surgery is going to keep him out for a bit, it seems that the role in 2022 is nearly set in stone.

 Bears coach Matt Eberflus didn't have a timetable for Brisker's return, but remained hopeful that he would be able to return for Week 1 on September 11 against the San Francisco 49ers. "We're hopeful that he'll be back," Eberflus said. "We'll find out here shortly, so we're hopeful."

Brisker, one of the brightest young draft picks the Bears have had in recent years injured his thumb during their pre-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, and after missing practice earlier in the week and Week 2 against Seattle, it became clear that something was wrong.

"It was a situation where he just woke -- sometimes you wake up with these hand injuries and it just shows up," Eberflus said. "It feels like you just kind of tweaked it a little bit and all the sudden the next day there it is." Brisker is going to be a big part of this defence going forward, pairing with veteran Eddie Jackson, and if the Bears are to make any noise in the NFC North, he'll need to help make this defence a difference maker.

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