The Chicago Bears receiving corps has battled injuries in recent weeks, but Alshon Jeffery appears to be on track for Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season.
According to ESPN’s Eric Dickerson, Bears coach John Fox said the star target moved well during a limited practice due to field conditions.
“I think today was a little slippery. I think we were probably a little extra cautious just because of the wet grass. But still felt all in all it was better to do that than go in on the turf this close to game time. He looked pretty good at what he did.”
Now, although Fox said Jeffery remains day-to-day—which comes as absolutely zero surprise since Fox has been noncommittal on injuries throughout August and early September—he’s on track to play this weekend. That’s fantastic news for the Bears, because they so desperately need Jeffery in the lineup.
Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson have also been limited in practice, and rookie wideout Kevin White could miss the entire 2015 season. If any of the receivers aren’t able to suit up, the Bears would pick between Marc Mariani, Joshua Bellamy or Cameron Meredith.
Suffice to say, that wouldn’t exactly be an ideal situation for beleaguered quarterback Jay Cutler.
Barring any setbacks, however, Jeffery will start for Chicago against the rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sep. 13, at 1 p.m. ET.