When Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery went down with a fractured hand on October 7th against the Jaguars, it was expected he'd miss four-to-six weeks, and possibly be able to return for the week 10 game against the Texans. Well, it appears that the Bears are going to play it safe with their talented rookie, and hold him out for at least one more week.
From ESPN Chicago's Michael Wright:
The Chicago Bears are expected to hold out rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery from Sunday's game against the Houston Texans as a precautionary measure, according to multiple NFL sources.
Although there is a slight chance Jeffery could return this week, according to one source, the thought is the team will keep him out against the Texans to minimize the risk of re-injury to his broken right hand, before bringing the receiver back Nov. 19 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite sitting out the past four weeks (which includes the bye week), Jeffery still has played more snaps (225) than all but two receivers (Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester) on the roster and ranks fourth on the team in receiving with 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Jeffery has caught nearly 61 percent of the passes thrown his direction with no drops, doing most of his damage down the middle of the field (five catches, 90 yards, two TDs).The Bears have greatly missed the 6'3" Jeffery, especially in the red zone, where Brandon Marshall is the only reliable big, go-up-and-get-it guy for Jay Cutler to target. Against a great Texans team that has the league's No. 3 defense, it would be very nice to have Jeffery on the field. If he can't go, hopefully he'll at least be able to return next week against another great team with a top defense, the 49ers.
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