By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — In a quick turn of events, it seems Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery should play on Sunday in St. Louis after all. The team has listed him as questionable for the game.
Jeffery missed Thursday’s practice at Halas Hall due to a groin “tweak” suffered Wednesday and spent the day getting treatment. On Friday, he was a full participant during the portion of practice open to the media. Bears coach John Fox will provide an update later Friday on Jeffery’s status for the game with the Rams.
Jeffery has missed four of the Bears’ eight games this season while dealing with injuries to his hamstring and calf. The apparent injury to his groin provided the latest twist in a season marred with bad fortunes. Jeffery has 33 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns in the four games he has played, including three games in a row of 100 yards receiving.
In addressing the media Thursday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seemed uncertain of Jeffery’s status, even asking reporters what the injury was.
“If he can’t go, we’ve had life without him,” Cutler said on Thursday. “We’ll figure it out.”
Additionally, Bears running back Matt Forte was on the field in what seemed to be limited work, listed as questionable by the Bears. Forte missed Monday’s game in San Diego with a knee injury. Receiver Eddie Royal wasn’t on the practice field and was ruled out, and linebacker Pernell McPhee was listed as questioable.
Jeffery’s return to the practice field on Friday appears to be a positive sign that the Bears could have an important playmaker on the field come Sunday.