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Alshon Jeffery injury update: Bears WR set to return versus Lions

The Chicago Bears are getting their #1 wide receiver back this week. Will he be a difference maker?

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears missed Alshon Jeffery during Training Camp and the Preseason thanks to an injured calf muscle, then saw him knocked back out after only one regular season game with a hamstring injury.

Jeffery's rehabilitation has been seemingly slow, and everyone involved has been growing increasingly frustrated with each passing week that he can't play.

But according to Ian Rapoport on Sunday morning, Jeffery is slated to finally return to action against the Detroit Lions, marking the first time since week one that he's able to play.

This should have an immediate impact on the offense, with Jeffery having the ability to stretch the field like no other Bears wide receiver can do.  If Jeffery is working at full speed, not only will he give Jay Cutler a deep option, but he will allow Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte to look for some space underneath in times when Jay Cutler has to check down.

Jeffery is in a contract year, and will need to run the rest of the season with high productivity if he hopes to create any significant value for the team that drafted him in 2012.

Stay tuned...