No practice again for Alshon Jeffery as Bears WR scrambling continue


In what has become almost a weekly “Ground Hog Day” loop of misery for the Bears, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery did not practice for the second straight day due to a hamstring injury, making him again a major question mark for a Bears offense that has struggled getting into or through games with enough healthy wide receivers.

Jeffery, who has missed all of five games and portions of others with injuries all year, experienced hamstring tightness in the second half of the Minnesota game. He was able to return to the field for a play but caught just one pass for the game and has not been on the field since.

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“With Alshon out, he’s kind of our deep guy,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “We like to try to stretch the field with him.”

The Bears are 2-3 in games completely without Jeffery, plus Minnesota when he was limited in the final two quarters. They were able to make some use of Deonte Thompson as a receiver rather than solely as a kickoff returner. Thompson, a speed receiver, was on the field for eight offensive snaps and could see more on Sunday in Tampa.

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“We’re getting [Thompson] up maybe this week, maybe try and stretch the field,” Cutler said. “He’s got some speed. We’ve hit a few big ones with [Josh Bellamy].

“We’ll try to keep incorporating those guys. It’s tough with guys in and out of getting some consistency and feel for those guys because a lot of those throws are lower-percentage as is, and then a guy that you haven’t done with as much, the percentage is probably going to go down a bit more.”

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