Game day is still some time off and the vagaries of health at the NFL levels so positives regarding injuries on Wednesday guarantee precious little by the time inactives are announced 90 minutes before game times on Sundays. But the Bears got two key offensive starters back at least in a meaningful limited way on Wednesday, more than they’ve had for the past handful of games.
Left tackle Jermon Bushrod was cleared under the NFL’s concussion protocol and returned to practice after missing both the Oakland and Kansas City games. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, one of the more enigmatic injury siturations for the Bears this season, also was able to practice on a limited basis.
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On the downside were linebacker Shea McClellin (knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) who were unable to practice. Receiver Eddie Royal (ankle) remained sidelined after missing the Kansas City game.
Christian Jones did a commendable job filling in calling signals after McClellin as forced to leave the Kansas City game. But “it's an adjustment,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “When Shea went out the other day, our operation struggled during the game, and there were some plays that not everybody was on the same page and it was because of that,
“That's one of the things that Shea has brought to us and that's good quarterbacking of the defense, and when he went out, we struggled with that. In defense of Christian, he hadn't had to do that many time before and then we had to bring in LaRoy [Reynolds], who's never played for us, never in camp, never in the off-season and he was put in a tough situation, much like Harold [Jones-Quartey, safety] the week before. After a week of practice hopefully those guys wil play better and do their jobs better.”