The cone of silence over Bears injuries remained securely in place on Friday, meaning that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is both officially questionable, as in 50-50 based on the team’s injury report, and unofficially questionable by his own assessment, just in case the St. Louis Rams want to know whether he’s playing against them on Sunday.
“We’ll wait and see,” Jeffery said with a cryptic smile, having practiced on a limited basis with his strained groin. “It hasn’t restricted my movements too much. Just keep getting treatment and just getting better, see how I feel.”
Eddie Royal, however, has been ruled out because of the knee injury the veteran wide receiver suffered against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.
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Also practicing on a limited basis and reported as questionable: linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee), center Hroniss Grasu (neck), running back Matt Forte (knee), tackle Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), cornerback Tracy Porter (hip), safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) and linebacker Shea McClellin (knee). Forte, Grasu and McClellin were inactive in Week 8 against the San Diego Chargers.
Jeffery’s status will be among the most closely watched around the NFL this week. The fourth-year receiver has 28 receptions over the last three games, all with more than 100 receiving yards, and while the Bears won at Kansas City with both Jeffery and Royal out injured, the Chiefs are a middle-of-the-pack defense.
The Rams are top-six in both yardage and points allowed through eight games.
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The Bears under coach John Fox typically go through a very brisk walk-through on Saturdays, at which time Jeffery’s status will again be evaluated.
“Just like all players, if they’re deemed capable of playing, they play,” Fox said. “You have an idea of what he’s capable of. You look at it. You evaluate it like we do every day and if the medical people think they’re healthy to go, they go."