There are two big story lines shaping up this week as the Chicago Bears start preparation for the Green Bay Packers, and head coach John Fox will do his best to keep everyone in the dark on both of them.
The first big story is the Kyle Long will-he-or-won't-he move to right tackle (you can find more on that here), and the 2nd is the injury status of Alshon "Day to Day" Jeffery and the other dinged up wide outs.
Wide receiver Jeffery, who hasn't practiced since August 11th with a calf strain(?), was again absent. He was at Halas Hall today, and it is possible he was doing something during the portion of practice the media had no access too, but that's not likely.
Fox won't allow Jeffery to speak with the media this week, but this could just be some gamesmanship from the veteran coach as they prepare for their division rivals.
Receivers Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal were both spotted at practice today after missing the last couple weeks. If these two can both go, that will help alleviate the possible loss of Jeffery, but neither is as dynamic of a playmaker that a healthy Jeffery is.
The Bears had more good news on the injury front today as NT Eddie Goldman and QB Jimmy Clausen were both back practicing after previously sitting out with concussion symptoms. If Goldman deosn't have a setback, I would expect him to be a big part of the gameplan. Don't forget that starting defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff starts his 3 game suspension this week.
We will finish up the injury report on a negative note.
Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod was at practice today, but he wasn't participating with a sore back. If Bushrod can't go, expect to see Charles Leno Jr. get the start in his place.
Leno was getting in most of his offseason work backing up Bushrod on the left side, but it was his disastrous play at right tackle that soured many fans.
Leno didn't look too hot at left tackle in the preseason finale either, but that may have been due to the position flip-flopping.
What are your thoughts on the injuries?