Player News - Bears

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Bears declared Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

Jeffery was all but ruled out on Friday. The Bears are reportedly optimistic Jeffery will be able to play Week 5 against Kansas City. Chicago also declared T Jermon Bushrod, P Pat O'Donnell, QB David Fales, RB Ka'Deem Carey, C Hroniss Grasu and DL Jeremiah Ratliff inactive for Week 4.
Oct 4 - 11:35 AM

Jay Cutler (hamstring) is active for Week 4 against the Raiders.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Cutler is expected to start. He may not be 100 percent, but even a hobbled Cutler offers more than Jimmy Clausen showed last week. Cutler being under center is a big upgrade for Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.
Oct 4 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "optimistic" Jay Cutler (hamstring) will start Week 4 against the Raiders.

Cutler was limited in practice all week and split reps with Jimmy Clausen. The Bears are probably rushing to get Cutler back in the lineup after Clausen's disastrous start in Seattle last week, "leading" the offense to 10 punts on 10 possessions. If Cutler plays, it's a big boost to both Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.
Oct 4 - 9:48 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Bears are open to trading Matt Forte.

While La Canfora's source said the price for Forte would be high and not just a salary dump, that could change as the October 28 trade deadline nears. Forte is in a contract year and unlikely to be part of the Bears' rebuilding movement. At this point, La Canfora said it would take at least a second or third-round pick to move Forte. That's a steep price for a running back who turns 30 in December.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 4 - 9:21 AM

Charles Leno is expected to be the Bears' left tackle with Jermon Bushrod (concussion) sidelined.

Bushrod was ruled out on Friday. Leno struggled at right tackle this preseason, prompting the Bears to shift former guard Kyle Long out to tackle. The possibility of Leno "protecting" a hobbled Jay Cutler's (hamstring) blindside could prompt Chicago to sit Cutler for another week.
Oct 3 - 12:12 PM

The Chicago Bears are expected to use a committee of outside linebackers to fill the snaps vacated by the departure of DE Jared Allen.

ESPN Chicago believes that Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young will all see an increase in snaps this week when Chicago hosts the Oakland Raiders."Well, we’ll roll those guys in there," Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "I think Sam will play a good bit of the base stuff, and then Lamarr and Willie and Pernell McPhee and then Sam in the mix to play the sub stuff." Allen did not have a sack through three weeks in Chicago, so the Bears will be looking for more pass rush contributions from their new committee. The Bears D/ST is far from a viable Week 4 fantasy option, facing a surprisingly successful Oakland offense.
Oct 2 - 11:23 PM

Bears signed P Spencer Lanning.

The Bears need Lanning with Pat O'Donnell (questionable, knee) sidelined. Lanning will be released when O'Donnell returns.
Oct 2 - 6:05 PM

Bears LT Jermon Bushrod (shoulder/concussion) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Raiders.

The absence of Bushrod may have the Bears leaning toward sitting Jay Cutler (hamstring) for one more week, despite Cutler's "limited" practices and questionable tag. Bushrod will be replaced by Charles Leno. Raiders DE/LB Khalil Mack could be set up for a big Week 4 game.
Oct 2 - 2:17 PM

Jay Cutler (hamstring) is questionable for Week 4 against the Raiders.

Cutler has practiced on a limited basis this week. Jimmy Clausen struggled mightily in his absence last week against Seattle. Chicago is expected to be without Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) for the third game in a row, leaving the Bears dangerously thin at wide receiver.
Oct 2 - 1:53 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports Alshon Jeffery (questionable, hamstring) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Raiders.

This would be his third missed game in a row. Jeffery has been practicing on a limited basis, so this week's expected absence comes as a bit of a surprise. With the Bears going nowhere this season, there's no harm in keeping Jeffery out until he's 100 percent. Chicago is optimistic Jeffery will be back for Week 5 against Kansas City.
Oct 2 - 12:12 PM

Alshon Jeffery says he's over his calf issue, and that it's his hamstring limiting him in practice.

It's been a rough summer and fall for Jeffery, who can't get back to 100 percent. Jeffery is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Raiders, but he'll be little more than a boom-or-bust WR2 with Jimmy Clausen at the controls.
Oct 1 - 4:11 PM

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Jeffery is expected to return against the Raiders, but don't expect any helpful hints from coach John Fox. Fox, who coaches a game for a living, is at war with honesty. Thankfully for fantasy owners, the Bears kick off at 1ET on Sunday.
Oct 1 - 3:04 PM

The Bears are calling Jay Cutler (hamstring) "day to day."

Cutler has been getting in some limited practices this week, but we've yet to see a single credible report that suggests he'll start Sunday's game against the Raiders. For now, Cutler should be considered 50-50 for Week 5.
Oct 1 - 2:59 PM

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Jeffery sat out Weeks 2 and 3, but is expected to be ready Sunday against the Raiders. His upside will be capped by Jimmy Clausen, but Jeffery should at least soak up plenty of targets, even if Clausen only completes half of them.
Sep 30 - 2:24 PM

Jay Cutler (hamstring) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

The Bears are likely just trying to be sneaky and tease us. Nobody has suggested Cutler has a realistic shot at playing this week against the Raiders. Expect Jimmy Clausen to get one more start before Cutler returns Week 5.
Sep 30 - 2:21 PM

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