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Monday, August 24, 2015, 2:55pm
Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery did not participate in Monday’s practice at Halas Hall, still hindered by the calf strain he suffered during a practice on Aug. 12. Marquess Wilson was also a spectator Monday, sidelined himself after suffering a hamstring injury during Saturday night’s 23-11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
That left the first-unit offense significantly short-handed once again as the Bears dived into preparation for their third game of the preseason. It’s too early to say yet whether either Jeffery or Wilson will return to practice this week or play in Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jeffery, coach John Fox asserted, is still “day to day” with his injury. And the Bears will certainly focus more on assuring their top receiver’s ability for the season opener than pushing him back into action for exhibition action this week.
“When they clear him medically and we feel like it’s the smartest thing to do, he’ll be out there,” Fox said. “So I won’t be able to tell you (where he is) until we get closer to game day. … We’d prefer him out there and he’s doing everything he can to get out there. But it’s nobody’s fault. It’s not his fault. It’s not our fault. It’s part of football.”
During team drills at the end of Monday’s practice, the three receivers working with quarterback Jay Cutler and the starting offense were Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy and Rashad Lawrence. That’s not exactly the murderer’s row of big-play targets that Cutler and offensive coordinator Adam Gase envisioned. But the Bears will push forward, hoping Jeffery and Wilson get well soon, the story said.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 1:55am
Alshon Jeffery is officially the man in Chicago. He started to take over that role last season, but with Brandon Marshall playing in New York it becomes official. Jeffery's 2014 season was an impressive one as he hauled in 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns. His receptions and yards are down from 2013, but it's a minimal difference.
Jeffery should get plenty of love in the Bears' offense. He was the seventh most targeted wideout (145 targets) a season ago. With the talent pool lessened in Marshall's absence, expect that number to increase slightly.
The Bears have installed a new offensive system. This may end up being a good thing, but sometimes players can struggle while adapting to and learning a new playbook.
There's a lot to like about Jeffery in the upcoming season. He should be viewed as a top 10 wideout in both standard and PPR formats. His size makes him a redzone threat, and his skill makes him dangerous all over the field.
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