After an abysmal 0-3 start, things were looking grim for the Chicago Bears. The team traded away high-priced free agent signing from last year, Jared Allen, along with their 2nd round pick from 2013, Jon Bostic. Even names like Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery popped up as possible trade pieces, as reports of a “fire sale” in Chicago broke out. Since then, however, Chicago has won two straight games and Alshon Jeffery’s injury status has taken a turn for the better.
Suddenly things are looking up for the Bears.
After missing the past four weeks with a hamstring injury that he suffered in week one, Alshon Jeffery returned to the practice field on Wednesday as his status took a positive turn. However, it’s worth noting that he has practiced earlier in the week in prior weeks before suffering a setback. Bears head coach John Fox failed to comment on whether or not Jeffery was ready to go this week as Chicago visits the winless Lions.
If Jeffery does in fact return on Sunday, the “sleeper” status of Marquess Wilson gets removed. Also, Martellus Bennett’s stock dips a little bit, but he still remains a premier tight end option each week. Jay Cutler benefits the most with the return of his favorite weapon, as Cutler is trying to make himself a relevant fantasy QB once again after two good performances since his return after sitting out in week 3. Should Jeffery return this week, he’ll be graced with a favorable matchup against the Lions, making him an instant viable WR1.