Major Wright to have finger surgery

Updated: August 16, 2010, 11:39 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie and safeties Major Wright and Craig Steltz have been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Wright will have surgery on his broken left index finger this week, but he's not expected to miss any regular-season action. He said he's never been out long with an injury.

""Nah, my body heals quick," Wright said.

Hanie, who has a right shoulder sprain, was driven to the turf in the third quarter by two San Diego Chargers defenders. He fumbled and did not return.

"It's not [painful] all the time," he said. "It's just some minor pain, and I just have to make sure I'm pain free while I'm throwing. That's the main concern.

"If I'm not pain free and able to throw, then I'm not able to play. As soon as I am [pain free], I'll be ready to go."

The Bears may explore bringing in another quarterback. After the game, coach Lovie Smith said it was too early for the club to start looking at alternative backup quarterback options.

"It's out of my hands," Hanie said. "What they do is what they do. It'll be best for the team whatever they do.

"The only way I could see that [happening] would be if I ... was possibly not going to be back for the first game. Then you obviously understand why they would bring somebody in, because you can't just go in with two quarterbacks, one being a rookie [on top of it]."

Steltz has a right ankle sprain.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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