New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox has been adamant about not over-sharing when it comes to his players injury statuses, and he has publicly stated that he's not going to give any more info than he is required to by the league.
Which means that during the season, we can expect a status and body part-- and probably not too much more than that.
Over the last few weeks, Fox has stated that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is 'day-to-day' with a calf injury, but it has been quite some time since the Bears #1 wideout has practiced with the team. At first there wasn't much concern, but as days turned into weeks, Chicago Bears fans are scratching their heads wondering when Jeffery would be back.
While Fox hasn't said much, Ian Rapoport has a bit of insight:
#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is progressing well from his calf injury. The hope is he’ll play Sunday vs GB & he’s making strides to get there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2015
So not too much detail, but apparently there is hope that Jeffery will be back in action for the team's first game of the season. That's a good thing for sure, if it happens, but there could also be some concern about his production if he does come back.
It's been a few weeks since Jeffery practiced with the offense, which means he lost critical snaps and reps with Jay Cutler and the rest of his unit. Sure, some of the chemistry will bleed over from last season, but any athlete will tell you that reps matter. Reps, reps, and more reps.
So if Jeffery is good to go this week versus Green Bay, one has to wonder how effective he will be.
Of course, he could also come back swinging for the fences, and Cutler could connect with him on a couple of bombs that lead to scores. That would be nice. And it might also be needed for the Bears to keep pace with the NFC North reigning champs.