UPDATED AT 3:20 P.M.: As far as knee injuries go, it’s about the best news possible for Rex Grossman.
Sources close to the player said Friday afternoon that the Bears quarterback suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and will not require surgery. While an MRI was being performed to confirm the original prognosis, the belief is that it is an injury he can recover from in three to four weeks.
That means the 2007 season has come to an end for Grossman, but that he will be healthy as he heads into an offseason of some uncertainty. Grossman will be an unrestricted free agent starting March 1, and the Bears are expected to decide well in advance of that time whether or not to pursue bringing him back on a contract that would no doubt be incentive laden.
The former first-round draft pick was knocked out in the first quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., when defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin toppled him from behind, bending his left knee as he went down. Grossman walked off the field on his own power and then limped to the locker room. Later, Washington lost its quarterback Jason Campbell to a dislocated left knee cap when he was hit by Mark Anderson.
Brian Griese replaced Grossman and rallied the Bears in the second half before they fell 24-16, dropping to 5-8 and out of the NFC playoff race.