Conflicting Reports

Depending to whom you listen to David Terrell could be out anywhere from a month to the remainder of the year.

David Terrell will undergo surgery on his right foot Thursday to have a screw inserted to stabilize a fracture. The Bears wide receiver said he would be out four or five weeks, but some of his teammates fear he will be lost for the season.

"It's a big loss,'' quarterback Jim Miller said. "He was starting to do some great things, and he's out for the year, probably. There was a clean break. We don't expect him to be back.''

Head coach Dick Jauron said the team would have a better idea of Terrell's recovery time following the procedure.

"Hopefully, that will be good news,'' Jauron said. "How good, I don't know.''

The receiver suffered the injury on a 52-yard pass play at the end of a 34-21 loss to Green Bay on Monday. It is the same foot he had a stress fracture in during his junior season at Michigan, which caused his draft status to drop even though it was fully healed by the time he came left college for 2001 draft.

At this point in the season Terrell has only nine receptions, but three went for touchdowns.

Marcus Robinson's role should increase with the absence of Terrell. The veteran said he is ready for the challenge despite only catching nine balls through five games.

"I'm ready to play football," Robinson said. "Definitely whenever my numbers is called I've got to make plays."


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