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Brandon Marshall (ankle) is practicing in full Wednesday.

It's great news after coach Marc Trestman said Monday that the Bears would have to take a "good look" at Marshall's health this week. Playing on one leg the past two games, Marshall has caught a total of three passes for 25 yards as more of a decoy. Marshall will have to avoid setbacks the rest of the week, but it's looking like he'll be healthier for Week 5 against the Panthers.
Oct 1 - 2:56 PM

Bears promoted WR Chris Williams from the practice squad.

WR Rashad Ross was waived in a corresponding roster move. The Bears made the exact same transactions, only flipped, two weeks ago.
Sep 30 - 4:00 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will take a "good look" at Brandon Marshall's (ankle) health this week.

The implication being, the Bears are considering if it's finally time to give Marshall a rest. Aside from his three-score outburst against the 49ers in Week 2, Marshall has lagged behind his normal effectiveness as he's played on essentially one leg. At the latest, Marshall's status will be updated when the Bears return to practice on Wednesday.
Sep 29 - 2:51 PM

Brandon Marshall caught two passes for 19 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Marshall's ankle did not appear to be a major issue even though he didn't practice all week. His touchdown was of the goal-line variety, as he got 1-on-1 coverage against Davon House and easily won on a back-shoulder stop route. Marshall also nearly had a touchdown bomb but he clearly landed out of bounds. Through four games, he's on pace for 64 catches, 576 yards and 20 touchdowns -- the first two numbers will obviously rise as the ankle gets healthier.
Sep 28 - 4:23 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 39 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Jeffery's touchdown came on a slickly designed fake jet sweep. He also could have had a second score when he was wide open in the end zone, but Jay Cutler's high pass clanged off his hands. Through four games, Jeffery is on pace for 80 catches, 1,048 yards and four touchdowns. The hamstring issue is behind him and the touchdowns will rise as Martellus Bennett regresses to the mean.
Sep 28 - 4:19 PM

Martellus Bennett caught nine passes for 134 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Bennett was too big and strong for the Packers' safeties, repeatedly catching the ball up the seam and dragging defenders with him. The only ding was a missed goal-line fade vs. Micah Hyde in the first quarter. Bennett has been spectacular so far this season as he's on pace for 116 catches, 1,180 yards and 16 touchdowns. It's obviously unsustainable, but he's eating with Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall drawing so much attention on the outside. Bennett has at least eight targets in all four games so far.
Sep 28 - 4:15 PM

Ka'Deem Carey rushed 14 times for 72 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Carey came off the bench when Matt Forte needed a breather after a fistful of chunk plays in the first half. He also closed out the game well in garbage time. Just note that he's a mere handcuff, as Carey came into this game with two total touches.
Sep 28 - 4:13 PM

Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 122 yards and caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

If Jay Cutler didn't kill so many drives in the second half, Forte would have racked up even bigger stats. He also got stuffed from the 1-yard line on his only goal-line chance of the day late in the first quarter. Still, it's great to see Forte shake off a somewhat slow start and net his first 100-yard rushing day of the season. He's now on pace to run 260 times for 1,032 yards and catch 96 passes for 776 yards with zero total touchdowns. Expect the scoring pendulum to start swinging back soon.
Sep 28 - 4:06 PM

Jay Cutler completed 22-of-34 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Cutler was flawless in the first half as the Bears rolled through the Packers with ease. But the second half was a train wreck as Cutler miscommunicated with his receivers and could have been picked four times. Now a quarter of the way through the season, Cutler is on pace to throw for 4,024 yards with 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The touchdowns would be a career high by a massive margin, but that's what we were expecting if he stayed healthy in the Marc Trestman scheme. Cutler is a top-five option weekly.
Sep 28 - 3:52 PM

Bears declared RE Jared Allen (illness) inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Packers.

Allen has pneumonia and has lost 18 pounds this week. This snaps a streak for 113 consecutive games played, a run that dates back to the beginning of the 2007 season. Allen's absence upgrades Aaron Rodgers, as the ex-Viking had four quarterback hits and six quarterback hurries through the first three weeks.
Sep 28 - 11:35 AM

Brandon Marshall (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Packers.

Marshall didn't practice at all this week, but looked good in warmups and the Bears said they're treating the gameplan as if he's 100 percent. It's impossible to bench him in this matchup. Meanwhile, the Bears will surprisingly be without RE Jared Allen (illness). The rest of their inactives: DT Jay Ratliff (concussion), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quad), C Matt Garza, LG Matt Slauson and OT Charles Leno.
Sep 28 - 11:34 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Brandon Marshall (ankle) will play Week 4 against the Packers.

As expected. Marshall missed every practice this week, but that was likely for rest purposes after Marshall aggravated his ankle injury last Monday night. We prefer a healthy Alshon Jeffery over Marshall this week, but both players are locked in as WR1 plays at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM ET.
Sep 28 - 9:05 AM

Brandon Marshall (ankle) missed practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Packers.

He wound up missing every single practice this week. It's conceivable the Bears held out Marshall purposely with an eye on giving him as much rest as possible ahead of a huge intra-division game against Green Bay. It's also possible that Marshall's ankle was simply too swollen after he aggravated it in last Monday night's win over the Jets. The good news for fantasy owners is Packers-Bears has a 1PM ET start. So we'll know Marshall's availability early.
Sep 26 - 2:19 PM

Bears DT Jay Ratliff (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 4 against Green Bay.

Ratliff suffered the concussion in Week 2. He'll now miss his second straight game, with rookies Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson attempting to pick up the slack. Ratliff plays "three technique" tackle in the Mel Tucker's defense.
Sep 26 - 2:11 PM

Matt Forte says he's frustrated the Bears' running game has yet to get going.

Forte has managed just 136 yards and zero touchdowns on 42 carries (3.2 YPC) through three games. But he's also faced three tough run defenses in the Bills, 49ers, and Jets. The Bears are also without starting LG Matt Slauson (ankle). The schedule lightens up this week a bit, with the Bears hosting the Packers. Forte gashed Green Bay for 235 rushing yards and three scores in two games last season. He's our No. 4 running back play for Week 4.
Sep 26 - 10:16 AM

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