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Bears rule Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery out vs. Seahawks

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Bears rule Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery out vs. Seahawks

To no one’s surprise, quarterback Jay Cutler was ruled out of Sunday’s game with the Seattle Seahawks and, unfortunately for backup Jimmy Clausen, so is wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, as both players are dealing with hamstring injuries.

Jeffery had missed the Arizona Cardinals game, taking the Bears’ receiving-yardage leader for the past two seasons out after already missing 2015 first-round pick and wide receiver Kevin White.

“I think [Jeffery] affects everybody,” said offensive offensive coordinator Adam Gase. “I mean, he’s a difference maker. He’s a big guy. You have to make sure you know where he’s at. Now we need some guys to step up so we can spread it out. When they take certain players away other guys step up.”

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Adding to the problems facing the Bears and Clausen is concern with Eddie Royal after the wide receiver was limited in practice again on Friday with back issues, going on the injury report officially as questionable. Royal led the Bears with seven catches against the Cardinals, although for only 41 total yards.

Jeffery’s overall situation is vexing for the Bears, and for the receiver, who is in a contract year but missed all of preseason with a calf injury, caught five passes in the loss to Green Bay and then went back on the shelf.

“Anytime a player gets hurt, there’s an element of frustration, a little discouragement,” said head coach John Fox. “But that’s part of this game. You’re going to get knocked down. What do you do? You get back up and bounce back. I don’t expect anything different from him.”

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The injuries were not limited to only the offense for the 0-2 Bears as they try to recover from a 25-point home loss. The defensive line was without end/tackle Ego Ferguson vs. Arizona and he was limited again in practice with an ongoing knee injury. Rush linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) practiced on a limited basis on Friday.

Cornerback Tracy Porter, also trying to come back from a hamstring strain, was limited and listed as questionable after being inactive for the first two games.

Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

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Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

The Bears defense gave up a season-high 24 points in the Week 5 loss to the Raiders. The bye week that followed meant they had to stew on that performance for an extra seven days.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson admitted the defense “didn’t hold up” in an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. It sounds like they are fired up to not have a repeat performance against the Saints.

“We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, we had to wait for a bye week.

“Now we got to make a statement game here at home.”

That statement game will have to come without stud defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Hicks got injured in the loss to the Raiders and is expected to miss significant time.

Jackson talked about what Hicks’ absence will mean to the defense.

“That’s a tough loss for us,” Jackson said. “The style of play Akiem brings is hard to fill. Right now we’re doing a good job holding up with guys coming in and stepping up, but at the end of the day that’s Akiem. His resume speaks for itself. What he does speaks for itself. Film, everything. It’s a tough loss, man. We’re hoping to have him back real soon for playoffs or the end of the season. It really hurts us, but we ride with him. He still comes around. He’s still engaged and meetings and things like that.”

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Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to play Sunday at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears as he continues to rehab his thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater has thrived in his absence, completing over 69% of his passes for 1,089 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games (four starts).

But the engine that makes the Saints offense go is RB Alvin Kamara, who tweaked his knee against the Jaguars Sunday. He was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, too, and played his least amount of snaps of any game this season.

New Orleans worked out RB Travaris Cadet Monday which at least signals some concern on the team's part that Kamara may not be able to play.

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Kamara's status won't become clear until Thursday or Friday.

The Bears defense is more than capable of stopping New Orleans' offense with or without Kamara in the lineup, but their job will be much easier if the dynamic third-year pro is held out. Through six games this season, Kamara's totaled 373 rushing yards, 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

If Kamara can't play Sunday, the Saints will unleash a heavy dose of RB Latavius Murray, who Chicago is very familiar with after facing him five times while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Murray's run for 214 yards and two touchdowns in his career against Chicago, but doesn't offer nearly the kind of game-changing ability that Kamara possesses. 

We'll have more on Kamara's status as the week progresses.