Bears lose best WR and DB to season-ending injuries

Chicago DB Eddie Jackson will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his foot.

It’s been a long season for the Chicago Bears, who fell to 3-9 straight up and 4-7-1 against the spread in Sunday’s 31-10 loss at the New York Jets. They’re in the cellar of the NFC’s North Division going into Sunday’s home game vs. Green Bay.

Things got even worse in the Meadowlands, as the team lost its best WR Darnell Mooney and best DB Eddie Jackson to season-ending injuries. Both players were place on injured reserve Tuesday.

Mooney tore ligaments in his left ankle in the second half against the Jets. The Tulane University product was injured while blocking for RB David Montgomery when a defender fell on his leg.

“It’s unfortunate,” Bears’ HC Matt Eberflus said. “Mooney did a great job blocking on that. It was a second effort. Obviously a really good run by David. A guy ended up trying to tackle him and swung around, and all of a sudden, his leg was there. So, we’ll see where it goes from there. That was unfortunate for him.”

Mooney, who has never missed a game in his three NFL seasons, probably will need surgery on the ankle. In 12 games, he had 40 catches for 493 yards and two touchdowns.

As a rookie in 2020, Mooney hauled in 61 receptions for 631 yards and four TDs. He had 81 grabs for 1,055 yards and four TDs last year.

Jackson is believed to have suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot. The former fourth-round pick out of the University of Alabama has spent all six seasons in Chicago.

Jackson, who is a two-time Pro-Bowler who was named a first-team All-Pro in 2018, was enjoying another elite campaign. He had produced 80 tackles (59 solo), six passes defended, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two stuffs.

The six-year veteran has 39 career passes defended, 14 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three pick-sixes and two sacks.

The Bears had to face the Jets without starting QB Justin Fields, who suffered a shoulder injury at Atlanta two weeks ago. Fields’s status for Sunday’s game against the Packers remains uncertain.

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