While the Bears announced on Friday that quarterback Jay Cutler and rookie defensive end Shea McClellin will miss Monday night's game against the 49ers after suffering concussions in week 10, there is some good news in regards to the status of rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who has been out since fracturing his right hand in the Bears' 41-3 victory over the Jaguars on October 7th.

Jeffery was a full participant in Friday's practice, and appears to be good to go for Monday night:
Great news, as the Bears are desperate for improvement in the receiving game outside of Brandon Marshall.

Before going down with the injury, Jeffery had taken over the role of the Bears' No. 2 wide receiver, and was seeing increased snaps each week. In his five games, the talented rookie out of South Carolina had 14 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. His 6'3", 216-pound frame and terrific hands make him an ideal red-zone target (heck, he broke his hand while catching a 10-yard touchdown pass), and red-zone offense is an area the Bears have greatly struggled of late. Look for Jeffery to get a red-zone target or two on Monday night (that's of course if the Bears can even get in the red zone against an outstanding 49ers defense) .

Evan Rodriguez to finally receive some pass targets?

Alshon Jeffery wasn't the only player general manager Phil Emery drafted in 2012 to try to improve the Bears' receiving game. In the fourth round, Emery nabbed Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez with the 111th overall pick. Rodriguez had 69 receptions for 871 yards and seven touchdowns over his 37 career college games. His size and skillset have drawn comparisons to the Patriots' extremely talented tight end Aaron Hernandez.

But, the Bears chose to put Rodriguez at fullback/h-back in his rookie season, and he's yet to catch a pass on the season (and I don't remember him even being targeted). Meanwhile, the Bears' tight end corps has been arguably the worst pass-catching group of tight ends in the NFL. Kellen Davis' struggles were showcased in front of all America on Sunday night against the Texans. So it begs the question: WHY THE HELL AREN'T THE BEARS SEEING WHAT EVAN RODRIGUEZ CAN DO AS A PASS-CATCHER?

I mean, really, what do the Bears have to lose? The tight ends they're currently throwing the ball to are dropping passes left and right. I don't see how Rodriguez could be any worse. And if somehow he is, at least you've found that out.

Well, it appears the Bears finally have that same thinking:



So keep an eye on if any of Jason Campbell's passes are targeted to #48 on Monday night.

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