Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.
After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.
Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.
Alshon Jeffery is active as expected. Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week. Jay Feely will handle the kicking duties with Gould out.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the receiver will play, even though he's dealing with a hamstring injury, according to a source.
Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jeffery is expected to play on Thursday night after an upgrade to “limited” on Wednesday. If he can’t play, Marquess Wilson would see a big increase in playing time.
Pro Football Talk reported Jeffery's absence was precautionary, according to Bears HC Mark Trestman. Jeffery was also limited on Monday.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Jeffery should be fine for a great matchup against the Bucs.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably a day of rest for Jeffery, but we’ll monitor his progress this week. Owners will want him available for a great matchup against the Buccaneers.
Wilson resumed practicing last week for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return.
“We saw it [in training camp] and we saw it in the spring,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He was ascending, was learning the offense, was involved in making plays out there for us, and we were excited about it. Him being up now, we’re optimistic that he’ll be in position to help us.”
WR Alshon Jeffery has caught only 13 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown during the Bears’ three-game losing streak to the Dolphins, Patriots and Packers. Said quarterback Jay Cutler: “We’ve got to find ways to get him the ball a little bit more and get him going. He’s kind of been a bit lost the last couple of games. We haven’t utilized him as much as we want to. He’s still an unbelievable receiver and hard to cover.” Jeffery hasn’t had a 100-yard game or a reception over 22 yards since the Bears’ Week 6 win in Atlanta. But of course he’s not the only one who isn’t making the types of plays he has in the past. Said Cutler: “That’s just kind of everybody right now. We’re not doing exactly what we should be doing. We’re not making plays on offense when we should be making them. It starts with me. I’ve got to play better. I’ve got to put these guys in positions to make some of these plays and give [Jeffery] more of a chance to do what he can do.”
This is easy to say, but the Bears' offense is in a funk right now and it's not like Cutler can snap his fingers and everything will be hunky dory. The Vikings are a fairly tough matchup for opposing wide receivers. We're not expecting a great day from the Chicago offense given its performance in recent weeks.
Roberto Garza C
Charles Leno OT
Shea McClellin OLB
Sherrick McManis CB
Jeremiah Ratliff DT
Trevor Scott DE
Matt Slauson G
Bears Injury Report
C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep), DT Jay Ratliff (concussion), G Matt Slauson (ankle)
DE Trevor Scott (foot)
DE Jared Allen (back), S Chris Conte (shoulder), WR Josh Morgan (groin)
Jets Injury Report
CB Dee Milliner (ankle)
WR Eric Decker (hamstring)
LB Nick Bellore (hip), S Josh Bush (quadricep), G Willie Colon (calf), LB Quinton Coples (elbow), LB A.J. Edds (hamstring), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder)
We're expecting Marshall and Jeffery to play since they played last week and were at least limited on Saturday. Decker was also limited on Saturday, and is expected (per HC Rex Ryan) to play. Consider him at high risk to reaggravate the injury, though he has a great matchup against a shaky Bears defense.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Friday. Jeffery did not aggravate his injury against the 49ers, so he should be fine to face the Jets. Don’t expect him to be 100 percent, however.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) took limited practice reps Thursday. Jeffery did not have a setback in Week 2 and only practiced on Friday last week, so he’s trending the right way. He’ll have a great matchup against the Jets if he can play.
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