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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a midweek downgrade for Sims, which is typically a bad sign. He missed most of the season with an ankle injury. If Sims can’t play Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin would likely form a committee against the Bears.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Jeffery should be fine for a great matchup against the Bucs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Marshall should be fine to play in a great matchup against the Bucs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Forte is probably just getting a day of rest.

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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Marshall should be fine to play in a great matchup against the Bucs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Vikings Beat: Expect to see 'plenty' of Kyle Rudolph

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kyle Rudolph said this week it was important for him to make sure he could do everything he'd normally do when he did return.

He's typically on the field for about 90 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps; between the time he's had off and how much the Vikings have used Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison in Rudolph's absence, not sure it's realistic to expect him to play that much in his first week back.

But given how much the Vikings use two-tight end sets -- and how successful tight ends have been against the Chicago Bears (their 668 receiving yards allowed to tight ends is the third-most in the league, per ESPN Stats & Information) -- expect to see plenty of Rudolph on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph is apparently healthy for the first time in a while. If you've been struggling with guys like Jordan Reed, for example, and whoever is the Washington TE of the week, Rudolph may be able to give you some stability at the position. All through the offeseason we had news items saying Rudolph was going to be the centerpiece of the offense. While that may not happen this week, it sounds like he's at least going to get his snaps. The hope is by next week we'll have a much better read, but the potential is there if you need help.

Bears WR Marquess Wilson set to debut in Week 11

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:20am

Chicago Bears - [Full Article]

It appears that Bears receiver Marquess Wilson will make his 2014 debut Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after the second-year pro was added to the 53-man roster Friday.

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.

Wilson performed well during offseason workouts and training camp before he got hurt and was expected to serve as the Bears’ third receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

“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.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears cut Santonio Holmes earlier in the week and Josh Morgan is questionable, so WIlson may see significant playing time right away. The WR3 doesn't typically make a lot of plays in Marc Trestman's offense, but the team has been excited about Wilson since the preseason.

Bears want to get WR Alshon Jeffery more involved

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:13am

Chicago Bears - [Full Article]

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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. The probable tag means that Marshall will play against the Vikings. It’s not a good matchup and Marshall hasn’t been himself for much of the season, but he did post 8-112-1 in a blowout loss to the Packers in Week 10.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 11.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 11. Bennett will be fine to face the Vikings.