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Cal Football Injuries: Chris Harper, Chris McCain To Have Surgery, Likely Out For Spring

Cal wide receiver Chris Harper and linebacker Chris McCain could be out for spring, as Harper recovers from shoulder surgery and McCain has a torn labrum repaired.

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Figures that with a coaching change we'd have more injuries to report, because everyone on our team was made of glass this year. Jim McGill of Bear Insider disclosed these injuries.

Cal will probably be starting the Sonny Dykes era this spring without two of their key contributors. Top wide receiver Chris Harper will miss a few months after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this year. It's likely that he won't be ready to go until the tail-end of spring or the start of summer. Obviously Harper was the most productive wide receiver returning, so he'll have some catching up to do this summer to adapt to the offense.

That means Cal will probably be thin at wide receiver for the second straight spring camp. Bryce Treggs probably be default slots into the number one receiving spot. Darius Powe will be right there too, and Maurice Harris should get his chances. This could be a chance for walk-ons like Bryce McGovern, Jackson Bouza and Stephen Anderson a chance to step up and prove they fit in the system.

Linebacker Chris McCain will also be out repairing a torn labrum he's been struggling to cope with all through the season. McCain is almost definitely out for the spring. Cal should have a bunch of linebackers in the rotation so this shouldn't be a huge deal, but just like Harper, McCain will have some catching up to do this summer as the team transitions into a new era.

At least we know why McCain had trouble gutting through every game. It's hard not to believe that McCain was playing through that injury all season. Here's hoping for a complete recovery for these Bears in time for summer practices and fall camp.

There were no real updates on the multitudes of injuries the Bears suffered this season. Hopefully that info will leak out during the season.