North Carolina’s Dazz Newsome (5) celebrates in front of N.C. State’s Tyler Baker-Williams (13) after a nine-yard gain in the third quarter at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Current Chicago Bears rookie and former UNC wide receiver Dazz Newsome suffered a broken collarbone during the Bears’ practice on Tuesday, and is expected to miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

Newsome was selected by Chicago in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft (221st overall) after a prolific career at UNC in which he caught 188 passes for 2,435 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He finished his career in Chapel Hill ranked third all-time in receptions, fifth in receiving yardage and seventh in touchdown catches.

In addition, the versatile Newsome rushed the ball 20 times for 178 yards and two scores — while also averaging 11.1 yards per punt return, including a touchdown as a sophomore in 2018.

With Allen Robinson as the only top-flight NFL receiver on the Bears current roster, Newsome will have a chance to compete for playing time as a rookie against the team’s current veterans Darnell Mooney, Damiere Byrd and Anthony Miller. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.