NFL announces Alshon Jeffery suspended for four games

NFL announces Alshon Jeffery suspended for four games

The NFL dropped a bombshell Monday afternoon, announcing Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery would be suspended for the next four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jeffery's suspension is effective immediately and runs through Dec. 12.

That means he will miss games against the New York Giants (Week 11), Tennesee Titans (Week 12), San Francisco 49ers (Week 13) and Detroit Lions (Week 14). There will only be three games left on the Bears' schedule once Jeffery returns.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans]

The Bears are 2-7 and only the Los Angeles Rams (139) have scored fewer points than the Bears' 141 through nine games. 

Jeffery is in the midst of his worst season as a pro, with only 40 catches for 630 yards and one touchdown.

He had four catches for 47 yards in the first quarter of the Bears' 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, but was shut out the rest of the game.

Jeffery is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.