| Alshon Jeffery not expected to play -- Sun Nov 22 7:30 am --|
Missed practice Thursday and Friday
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, who missed the final two practices of the week with groin and shoulder injuries, not expected to play vs. Broncos (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery missed practice Thursday and Friday which is never a good sign for availability on Sunday. With Jeffery down, Marquess Wilson becomes the top Bears wideout. Expect Marc Mariani too see more snaps and Martellus Bennett to see more targets.
| Forte, Jeffery miss practice on Thursday -- Thu Nov 19 5:50 pm --|
MCL, groin injuries
|One day after both were limited participants, RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery did not participate Thursday.
Forte has a sprained MCL in his knee and Jeffery a groin problem. One contributing factor to Thursday’s status was the fact the Bears practiced indoors and on artificial turf, which is traditionally tough on those injuries. Jeffery — who the team said also has a shoulder injury — played Sunday, though he caught only three passes. Forte has missed the past two games since hurting his knee at home against the Vikings. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: Forte has already suggested that he has to consider the Bears will be playing on a short week next week, which is a strong hint that he will miss this week against the Broncos and try to go on Thanksgiving. As for Jeffery, Friday's practice report will be critical. If he is forced to miss time, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett figure to be on the receiving end of a lot of targets in Week 11.
| Forte, Royal likely sidelined for multiple weeks -- Mon Nov 2 3:10 pm --|
|Bears coach John Fox said Monday that RB Matt Forte (MCL) and WR Eddie Royal did not suffer season-ending knee injuries against the Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Forte was hurt early in the third quarter on a screen play. He was struck in his legs by safety Harrison Smith. Forte’s right foot was planted in the turf when Harrison struck, bending his right knee and leg. It’s unknown when Royal was hurt, but he caught three passes for two yards on screen plays in the first half of Sunday’s game. But he was ruled out with a left knee injury. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: Forte is one of the most indispensable players in the NFL, so his likely multi-week absence is a devastating blow to a Chicago that just got Alshon Jeffery back a couple of weeks ago. Jeremy Langford fared about as well as could be expected after Forte's injury and figures to be one of the most sought-after free-agent adds of the week. Royal's absence frees up more playing time for Marquess Wilson, who needs to be added in leagues across the board this week as well.
| Jeffery and Royal listed as questionable -- Fri Oct 16 6:20 pm --|
Marquess Wilson likely to see increased targets
|The Chicago Bears are listing wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal as questionable for their Week 6 matchup with the Detroit Lions. Jeffery hasn’t played since Week 1 after tweaking his hamstring in practice following the team’s season-opening loss to the Packers. He told reporters Thursday that the injury felt “a lot better than last week.” Royal (ankle) practiced on Thursday for the first time since playing against the Raiders on Oct. 4, and his Week 6 outlook is also looking brighter than last week. Wideout Marquess Wilson has seen an increased amount of targets in their absence. (SI.com)|
FF Today's Take: Wilson has emerged as a legitimate fantasy option posting a total of 165 receiving yards and one touchdown on 12 receptions over the past two weeks. He's poised for another productive week if Jeffery sits out.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to miss Week 4 -- Fri Oct 2 11:01 am --|
|Filed to ESPN: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) expected to miss Sunday's game vs. #Raiders, per source. Team hopes he returns next week. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It was reported earlier this week that Jeffery had a good chance of playing against the Raiders but that won't happen. The Bears will have Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson at the starting wideout positions but neither are intriguing fantasy options.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to sit -- Sun Sep 20 7:00 am --|
Hamstring, calf injury
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) will be out today vs. AZCardinals, source said. The hope is a return next week to full health. (Ian Rapaport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery was already battling a calf injury before injuring his hamstring this week in practice. Martellus Bennett, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will be the top receives today for Jay Cutler against the Cardinals defense.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice on Monday -- Mon Sep 7 6:55 pm --|
Nursing calf injury
|Bears WRs Eddie Royal (hip) & Marquess Wilson (hamstring) participated in the part of practice open to media. Alshon Jeffery (calf) did not. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: As part of John Fox's initiative to help fantasy owners as little as possible, the team is refusing to let Jeffery speak with reporters this week. The Bears' new top receiver hasn't practiced since early August as far as we know, which should probably outweigh the team's hinting that he will be ready for Week 1. Current owners need to start making alternate plans for this week and possibly beyond while late drafters probably need to bump him down their draft board a round or two.