The Chicago Bears were back on the practice field today in preparation for their game this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. They were fortunate to have a couple injured starters return to practice, albeit on a limited basis, when QB Jay Cutler and WR Alshon Jeffery both suited up.
Cutler injured his hamstring against the Cardinals during week 2 and he was inactive last week, while Jeffery hasn't played since week one with a hamstring injury of his own.
Raiders' head coach Jack Del Rio says his team will prepare to face both Cutler and #2 QB Jimmy Clausen.
Chicago head coach John Fox said Cutler had a "good practice" today, but the NFL Networks Ian Rapoport is still reporting that Cutler's injury is a "significant pull" and he would be "stunned" if Cutler was able to play this week.
Cutler will no doubt have to prove he's mobile enough to evade the pass rush before the Bears will let him onto the field on Sunday
For you conspiracy theorists out there that require proof that both Cutler and Jeffery were on the practice field, here you go.
#Bears QB Jay Cutler "limited" in practice along with Alshon Jeffery. #Raiders HC DelRio says they'll prepare for Bears...Posted by Peggy Kusinski NBC Chicago on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
In other Bears injury news, defensive lineman Ego Ferguson (knee) and Will Sutton (elbow) were both limited. Sutton hurt his arm against the Seahawks and the Bears have said it's not a serious injury. Defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff, who is finished serving his 3 game suspension, was also limited with an ankle injury that he suffered in preseason.
Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod was held out of practice with a concussion/shoulder injury and punter Pat O'Donnell was held out with a sore right knee. The Bears didn't have any punters in yesterday to work out, so I would assume O'Donnell would be fine with rest this week. If he isn't ready to go, the Bears have an emergency list of punters that they can call just in case.
If Bushrod can't go, expect to see Charles Leno Jr. get the start in his place. For more on Bushrod and Leno, be sure to check out this weeks Sackwatch.
For those of you that have soured on Shea McClellin, inside linebacker, after 3 weeks, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio seems content to stick with his signal caller. When asked about Shea, Fangio said, "I think he's gonna be a good football player."
With Jared Allen traded to the Carolina Panthers, Fangio announced that Sam Acho will take his place in the starting lineup. Lamarr Houston and Willie Young wil continue to back up at outside linebacker.
The Tribune's Brad Biggs is speculating that Patrick Omameh may push Vladimir Ducasse for the starting right guard job this week.
The two newest Bears were assigned the following numbers, 31 for safety Chris Prosinski and 52 for linebacker LaRoy Reynolds.
Tight end Martellus Bennett received a fine from the NFL because his shoes were "too black." Seriously.