Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 as he battled a series of calf, hamstring and groin injuries. Despite those injuries, the Bears have complete faith in Jeffery's health and they proved it on Friday by hitting him with the franchise tag, according to ESPN.com.
The tag will guarantee Jeffery a one-year deal that's expected to be worth more than $14.5 million. However, the exact dollar amount won't be known until the 2016 salary cap number is finalized by the NFL.
It was an injury-riddled fourth season for Jeffery, who was on the injury report in 10 of 16 games and ultimately ended up on injured reserve in Week 16. However, he was fantastic when he was (relatively) healthy, catching 7.1 passes for 111 yards and 0.40 TD (on 12.1 targets) in the seven games that he played at least 70% of the snaps. Jeffery just needs to stay healthy and he’ll produce as he did in 2013 and 2014, when he finished #9 and #12, respectively.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. Looks like Jeffery is out for Week 16. Jay Cutler is less appealing as a streaming play, though he’s been decent (230 yards, 1.3 TD, 17 rushing yards) in the four games without Jeffery in the lineup this year. Eddie Royal becomes a decent desperation play, though he hasn’t cracked the 50-yard mark or scored a touchdown since Week 4. Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy probably will round out the receiving corps.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
“It just tightened up a little bit,” Jeffery said.
Jeffery has missed time with calf, hamstring and groin injuries this year.
Bears coach John Fox said Monday the club intends to monitor Jeffery throughout the week.
Sounds like the team will use caution with Jeffery for the remainder of the season. While Jeffery doesn't seem to think it's a big deal, it doesn't mean the team wouldn't consider not playing him in games. We'll continue to keep an eye on Jeffery's status this week leading up to Week 16.
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 7:35pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf, illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Jeffery should be able to play through the calf injury. He has gained 78 yards and/or scored a touchdown in seven of eight games played this year. The Bears play early on Sunday.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday, though Adam Hoge reports that he missed practice due to an illness, not because of the calf. He has gained 78 yards and/or scored a touchdown in seven of eight games played this year.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jeffery is back on the injury report but should be able to play through the calf injury. He has gained 78 yards and/or scored a touchdown in seven of eight games played this year.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 13. With Wilson out, Marc Mariani, Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith will pick up the scraps after Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Zachary Miller have had their fill.
CB Charles Tillman (knee)
WR Corey Brown (shoulder)
DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)
WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)
QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)
LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)
S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)
CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)
Green Bay Packers
S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)
WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)
For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.
“We’re going to see on Thursday,” Jeffery said.
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase is certainly eager to have a full complement of weapons available to him again. Gase and the Bears’ offense have only had their top three playmakers – Forte, Jeffery and quarterback Jay Cutler – together for three games this season, left to adapt and reinvent itself on a week by week basis.
Forte’s return , Gase said, will be an obvious bonus to a running attack that averaged just 3.4 yards per attempt in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
Sounds like Jeffery will be a game-time call, but Forte's presence puts a fantasy hit on Jeremy Langford's value. Before dumping Langford, owners may want to see how the workload is split first, at least for a week. Langford has earned more time but it remains to be seen just how much with Forte active.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 11. If he plays, he’ll have a bad matchup against a talented Broncos secondary. We’re shying away from Jeffery this week.
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