After already being decimated by injuries in Monday’s night loss to the Eagles, the Bears added a new name to the growing list of ailments Thursday afternoon.
Alshon Jeffery sat out practice on Thursday with an ailing knee. There wasn’t any more clarification from head coach John Fox as to the severity of the injury. Jay Cutler also sat out practice as his throwing hand’s thumb is still in a splint. The Bears haven’t officially ruled out Cutler as he will travel to Dallas with the team, but it isn’t likely he will play.
The growing sentiment is that Jeffery will play in Week 3 against the Cowboys but you can be sure the Bears are monitoring this situation as his status goes into jeopardy for Sunday.
Fox: Alshon Jeffery's knee is "just something that we're monitoring. We'll see what tomorrow brings." #Bears— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) September 22, 2016
This would be a huge blow for an offense struggling to gain rhythm that in all likelihood will be without starting quarterback Cutler against Dallas. A defense that is already missing several pieces will need support from an offense with a back-up quarterback, so stay tuned.
If Jeffery doesn’t appear, add him to the laundry list of guys that may or not miss time on Sunday night including the ruled-out linebacker Danny Trevathan (thumb) and nose tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle). Nickel corner Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos are still in the concussion protocol and have not been cleared so their status is questionable.
Other notables also had the Bears listing guard Josh Sitton (shoulder), Goldman’s replacement, Will Sutton (elbow), and linebacker Willie Young (knee) on the injury report. The extent of these injuries is not known yet.
We will update Jeffery’s status in this stream and more leading up to Sunday as information becomes available.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron and Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.