Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

Bears placed WLB Lance Briggs (groin) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Briggs was hoping to make a late-season return, but will be shut down with only five games remaining. He's struggled to stay healthy the last two years and isn't expected to be re-signed. 34-year-old Briggs graded out as a top-five outside linebacker against the run and should draw free-agent interest. Rookie Christian Jones will take over for Briggs on the weak side.
Nov 28 - 6:01 PM

Marquess Wilson was held without a catch in the Bears' Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Wilson nearly made a circus catch along the sideline on his lone target, but couldn't get both feet in bounds. Wilson remains a highly-intriguing hold in dynasty leagues, but is miles from fantasy relevance in re-draft formats.
Nov 27 - 4:28 PM

Matt Forte rushed five times for six yards in Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Lions, catching 6-of-9 targets for 52 yards.

The Bears didn't even pretend to run the ball against the Lions' fearsome ground defense, dialing up only eight attempts. Forte caught screens and dump-offs, which operated as the Bears' de facto rushing "attack." With 75 percent of the season now in the books, Forte is on pace for 1,971 yards from scrimmage, 104 catches and 11 total touchdowns.
Nov 27 - 4:25 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 8-of-12 targets for 109 yards in Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Both the catches and yards were Bennett's second most of the season, as he did yeoman's work over the middle of the field for a Bears team committed to dinking and dunking. With four games to go, Bennett is on pace for 87/983/7. All three totals would be new career highs.
Nov 27 - 4:17 PM

Brandon Marshall caught 6-of-11 targets for 42 yards in Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Lions.

It was a disappointing day for Marshall, who appeared to tweak something early, and committed two drops. He was the target on Jay Cutler's first interception. With 75 percent of the season now in the books, Marshall is on pace for just 77/880/11. Both the yards and catches would be his fewest since his rookie year in 2006.
Nov 27 - 4:10 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 9-of-13 targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Jeffery was a rare bright spot for the non-competitive Bears, often running free over the middle of the field. Both of his scores came in the first quarter, but a dinking and dunking Bears team couldn't drive the ball for the game's final 45 minutes. Now up to 67/854/7 on the season, Jeffery is on pace for 89/1,139/9. The seven scores are already as many as Jeffery had in 2013.
Nov 27 - 4:02 PM

Jay Cutler completed 31-of-49 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Chicago's 34-17, Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Cutler got off to a hot start, tossing both of his scores in the first quarter, but couldn't sustain it as the Bears tried to dink and dunk against the Lions' fearsome defense. Any sack or penalty essentially killed a Bears drive this afternoon. Cutler's first pick was to a tightly-covered Brandon Marshall, and should have never left his hand. Cutler was literally fading away off his back foot. His second was a pointless, desperation heave as time expired on the Bears' latest dispiriting loss. Cutler is not the main problem for a Bears team that's far-too often out-competed, but he hasn't been helping, either. He'll be a borderline QB1 against the Cowboys next Thursday.
Nov 27 - 3:59 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Chicago's Week 13 game against the Lions with an eye injury, and will not return.

Conte was originally believed to have a concussion, which would have been his third of the season.
Nov 27 - 3:17 PM

Reserve Bears DE Cornelius Washington was forced from Chicago's Week 13 game against the Lions with a chest injury, and will not return.

Washington entered Week 13 having played just 41 snaps. Anything other than a 1-2 week injury will likely send him to injured reserve.
Nov 27 - 2:03 PM

Bears RCB Kyle Fuller (knee) is active for Thursday's Week 13 game against the Lions.

Fuller hasn't been able to finish three of the last five games and sustained a knee sprain just four days ago. It's not ideal circumstances to face Calvin Johnson. The Bears will also be without LB Lance Briggs (groin). The rest of their inactives: CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Darryl Sharpton, OL Eben Britton, DE Trevor Scott, WR Chris Williams and DT Jeremiah Ratliff.
Nov 27 - 11:11 AM

Bears RCB Kyle Fuller (knee) remains on track to play in Thursday's game against the Lions.

Fuller sustained a minor knee sprain on Sunday. It's unclear if he's 100 percent, upgrading Calvin Johnson's already tasty matchup even further.
Nov 27 - 10:21 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bears expect RCB Kyle Fuller (knee) to play Thursday against the Lions.

He would be doing so after not practicing all this week. Fuller has slowed down considerably since a fast start to the season, and coughed up a touchdown to Mike Evans last week. Expect him to do battle early and often with Calvin Johnson on Thanksgiving. Fuller will need that knee at 100 percent.
Nov 26 - 11:42 PM

Brandon Marshall (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 13.

Marshall was limited in practice throughout the week. He'll be a borderline WR1 for Thursday's game against the Lions.
Nov 26 - 6:56 PM

Bears placed OL Brian De La Puente (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

De La Puente had been the starting left guard the last two weeks, and made five appearances at center earlier in the season. Michael Ola is expected to move back inside, with Jordan Mills (ribs) returning at right tackle The Bears promoted DT Brandon Dunn from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Nov 26 - 1:54 PM

Bears WLB Lance Briggs (groin) is expected to miss "a few weeks."

Briggs got hurt in a collision with Mike Evans last Sunday. Rookie Christian Jones is expected to take over on the weak-side. It's a big loss to an already-bad Chicago run defense, as Briggs has graded out as a top-four 4-3 outside linebacker against the run at Pro Football Focus. Briggs, 34, is in the final year of his contract. It's fair to wonder if he's played his final snap as a Bear.
Source: CSN Chicago
Nov 26 - 9:31 AM

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