The Bears got some promising news on the injury front on Wednesday, as wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (hand) and Devin Hester (concussion) returned to practice.
Jeffery missed the previous two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, and was initially expected to miss 2-4 weeks. According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Jeffery looked good running routes in practice on Wednesday, and looks on track to play Sunday vs. the Vikings:
When media was allowed to view practice, Alshon Jeffrey looked fluid running routes. If he remains like that thru week, will be fine.Jeffery's return to game action would be huge for a Bears offense that could badly use another weapon in the passing game, as right now... it's pretty much just Brandon Marshall.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 5, 2012
Hester's status would appear to be more up in the air, as it's unknown whether or not he's received medical clearance from a neurologist to play in the game yet. The fact that he's practicing is a very good sign, though.
As for the Vikings, they placed wide receiver and kick return star Percy Harvin (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, officially ending his season. As Rotoworld said, "He (Harvin) was a legit MVP candidate before going down."
Harvin is a gigantic loss for a Vikings offense that is getting very little out of their passing game. If you can keep Adrian Peterson from having a monster game, you're likely going to keep the Vikings from scoring many points.
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