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Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery returns to practice

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Bears coach Lovie Smith had some good news to share Friday about rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery, who is still recovering from a fractured right hand.

jeffery.jpgAlthough he was limited, Jeffery was able to participate in some drills in practice on Friday. He's doubtful for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, but it's still encouraging to see after he's been held out of practice for weeks.

"We're excited about the progress he's made, [but] he's doubtful," Smith said after practice Friday. "I can't really say much more than that. But we put him as doubtful instead of out [on the injury report]."

Jeffery, who declined to speak to the media after practice on Friday, fractured his right hand against the Jacksonville Jaguars over a month ago. Surgery, though, wasn't needed. The Sun-Times reported he would be out four to six weeks.

Jeffery was having a solid rookie campaign with 14 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns in five games. He was a solid No. 2 option for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler behind Brandon Marshall.

Cutler has thrown to Marshall a lot more as other receivers have failed to really fill the void left by Jeffery. It's very possible that he'll be ready for the Bears' "Monday Night Football" matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

"We're encouraged by Alshon," Smith said. "He was able to do a little bit today, so we'll see."

Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina is doubtful with a calf injury, while defensive end Israel Idonije (ankle) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (back) are listed as probable.

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That's great news and a pleasant surprise. If not this week, good news for next week in SF. They definitely need him. Bennett isn't getting it done and Devin is lost as usual.

I understand that Jeffery also had a hand bone problem in college. It looked like he broke his hand catching Cutler's touchdown pass. This guy might have a mineral deficiency problem, maybe he needs to eat more green leafy vegetables. Hope Jeffery isn't just another in the long line of injury-prone players the Bears have drafted. I was really excited when they picked him and he was playing pretty well.

Marshall, Jeffrey, Knox, Bennet, Hester...

That'd be a nice WR depth chart for years to come.

Its nice to hear rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery is getting healthy, the Bears need him to come back and be a solid #2 behind Marshall who is having himslef another Pro-Bowl season. The Bears need another receiving option for Cutler that can get open with any kind of consistency, Jeffery seemed to be doing that when he was healthy.

I think thats the key difference between Jeffery and Hester/Bennett, Jeffery just seems to get open a lot more with a lot more consistency than either Hester or Bennett, who both only seem to be good for 1-2 catches a game. Thats not gonna get it done. As good as Marshall is, its gonna be hard to rely on him for every single catch, a solid #2 is a need, that player is Jeffery GO BEARS!!

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