| Alshon Jeffery placed on IR -- Wed Dec 30 11:45 am --|
Bears incredibly thin at WR for Week 17
|Is Alshon Jeffery finished as a member of the Bears?
The team placed their dynamic wideout on injured reserve Wednesday alongside defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, ending their seasons just a few days before the finale against Detroit. Jeffery was poised for a big contract, and even though he only played in nine games he was still immensely productive. In about half a season, he logged 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery battled numerous injuries which limited to nine games on the field in 2015. Without a true No.1 replacement, it's likely the Bears will try to keep Jeffery and pair him with rookie Kevin White (stress fracture) in 2016.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Dec 23 1:10 pm --|
Hamstring the latest issue for Bears WR
|#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery has been bothered by hamstring, calf, shoulder and groin issues this season. At this point it will be tough for fantasy owners to trust the talented wideout even if he does suit up against the Bucs this week.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to play -- Sun Dec 20 7:10 am --|
Listed as Questionable
|#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, questionable with a calf injury & an illness, is expected to play today vs. the #Vikings, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery missed practice this week and while he's going to play, the risk of re-injuring his calf should be a concern for fantasy owners but not enough to keep him on your bench. Jeffery posted a 10-116-1 line the last time he faced Minnesota.
| Alshon Jeffery practices Friday, questionable -- Fri Dec 18 12:45 pm --|
Illness, calf injury
|Alshon Jeffery, Zach Miller and Pernell McPhee are questionable to face #Vikings on Sunday. Jeffery returned to practice on Friday. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery battled an illness earlier in the week but is expected to play. The Vikings are middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers but have given up a TD to a wide receiver in the last four games.
| Jeffery sits out practice Thursday -- Thu Dec 17 5:00 pm --|
Dealing with Illness in addition to calf strain
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (illness/calf) did not participate in practice. HC John Fox indicates the illness is what kept him out. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery has been lucky to go back-to-back weeks this season without some kind of malady. He was limited in practice by the calf on Wednesday. Either way, the fourth-year wideout has seen nine or more targets in seven of the eight games he has played and posted a 10-116-1 line against Minnesota in Week 8 and appears likely to play this week despite his issues. The combination of targets and talent make him a solid fantasy WR1 in this week's rematch against the Vikings.
| Jeffery, Forte inactive for Bears -- Sun Nov 22 11:30 am --|
Out for Week 11
|Bears without Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Antrel Rolle today. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We knew Jeffery (shoulder, groin) was a long shot to play. Forte took the field, doing warmup drills but will sit another week. Jeremy Langford is locked in as the starter.
| 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.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Friday -- Fri Nov 20 1:10 pm --|
Groin and shoulder injuries
|Alshon Jeffery did not practice Friday, leaving the Chicago Bears with the prospect of facing the NFL’s top-ranked defense on Sunday without their No. 1 receiver. Jeffery is hobbled by a groin injury he suffered during practice on Nov. 11, and he also has a banged-up shoulder. (Chicago Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery didn't play a full complement of snaps last week and missing a Friday practice is never a good sign for availability on Sunday. There's a good chance he ends up on the Inactive list. Jeffery owners should have plan B in place.
| 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.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to play -- Sun Nov 15 7:30 am --|
Was limited in practice Friday
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery expected to play today despite groin injury; RB Matt Forte not expected to play due to knee injury, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery injured himself late in Wednesday's practice, missed Thursday and was limited on Friday. He's got a tough matchup against the Rams defense but is still worthy of your fantasy lineup. Jeremy Langford should once again lead the Bears running game.
| Forte, Jeffery listed as questionable -- Fri Nov 13 1:20 pm --|
Jeffery was limited Friday
|Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hurt his groin and it was enough to keep him from working with the team on Thursday.
Jeffery got back on the field as a limited participant on Friday, however, and has been listed as questionable to play against the Rams this Sunday. Running back Matt Forte has also been listed as questionable after a week of limited practices.
FF Today's Take: Owners of both Bears will want to check inactives on Sunday morning. It sounds like Jeffery is the more likely to play although both will have a difficult matchup against the Rams defense. St. Louis gives up the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.