Earlier today it was reported that Chicago Bears wide out Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would not play this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, but the official word from the team is that Jeffery is questionable (50% chance he plays). Other Bears listed as questionable are quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring), defensive linemen Jeremiah Ratliff (ankle), Ego Ferguson (knee) and Will Sutton (biceps, elbow), cornerback Alan Ball (groin), and punter Pat O'Donnell (knee).
All 7 of the questionable Bears practiced on a limited basis today.
If Cutler can't go it will be Jimmy Clausen making his second consecutive start. If O'Donnell can't punt, the Bears will need to make a roster move by Saturday.
The Bears have already ruled starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion/shoulder) out for Sunday's game. The Bears will start Charles Leno Jr. in his place. For those hoping Kyle Long would be the fill in on the left side, head coach John Fox nixed that idea for this week at least. Fox didn't rule out a move to left tackle in the future however.
For the Oakland Raiders, defensive end Benson Mayowa (knee), corner Keith McGill (foot) and defensive tackle C.J. Wilson (calf) are all ruled out.
Linebacker Ben Heeney (hamstring), running back Taiwan Jones (foot) and safety Charles Woodson (shoulder) are all listed as questionable, and all three were limited at Friday's practice.
Oakland lists four players as probable (75% chance they play), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (ankle), running back Jamize Olawale (ankle), defensive end Khalil Mack (hip) and defensive end Justin Tuck (knee).
#Bears have signed punter Spencer Lanning, per a source. Looks as if Pat O'Donnell (knee) will miss Sunday' sgame.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) October 2, 2015
There's still a chance this is just a precautionary move, but if O'Donnell has even the slightest bit of pain in his knee, there's no point to play him.