Tim Jennings out, Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery likely in

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The release of the Friday injury report was a good news/bad news situation for the Bears.

The good news is that it looks like they’ll have wide receivers Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup. Both players are listed as probable for Sunday against the Vikings. Hester missed last week’s game after suffering a concussion in the team’s first meeting with the Vikings and Jeffery has missed the last two games after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

Hester was coy about whether or not he’d be returning kicks, but it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be out there. Having Jeffery in the lineup could allow the Bears passing game to be a bit less Brandon Marshall-centric than it has been for much of the season and will make up for the absence of Earl Bennett, ruled out on Friday.

Also ruled out and the reason for the bad news half of the first sentence is cornerback Tim Jennings. Jennings hurt his shoulder against the Seahawks last week and there’s been no timetable put forth for his possible return to action. It’s a big blow for the Bears defense, especially since it is coupled with the loss of linebacker Brian Urlacher. Kelvin Hayden and D.J. Moore will be asked to do more at cornerback this week.

19 responses to “Tim Jennings out, Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery likely in

  1. Knock on Hester all you want as a receiver, but I recently went back and watched a few fourth quarters from Bears games this year, and the guy was wide open multiple times but Cutler just kept zoning in on Marshall exclusively. I could almost see the frustration in Hester’s body language. Hopefully Jeffery has a little more of Cutler’s trust going forward.

  2. Jennings out is a huge blow, but thankfully it’s against the Vikings. With Percy Harvin out, it’ll be AP rushing and throws to Kyle Rudolph all game long.

  3. thevza says: Dec 7, 2012 3:01 PM

    “Knock on Hester all you want as a receiver, but I recently went back and watched a few fourth quarters from Bears games this year, and the guy was wide open multiple times but Cutler just kept zoning in on Marshall exclusively. I could almost see the frustration in Hester’s body language. Hopefully Jeffery has a little more of Cutler’s trust going forward.”

    I agree, the Bears need to find a complement to Marshall…But, regarding those plays where Hester was open and Jay threw to Brandon instead…I’d venture that most of those still resulted in positive plays, so Hester should not pout too much.

  4. It’s absolutely huge getting Jeffrey back…this gives Cutty a legit #2 receiver. Now we need Jennings and Urlacher to heal up and come back strong for the playoffs.

  5. thevza says:
    Dec 7, 2012 3:01 PM
    Knock on Hester all you want as a receiver, but I recently went back and watched a few fourth quarters from Bears games this year, and the guy was wide open multiple times but Cutler just kept zoning in on Marshall exclusively. I could almost see the frustration in Hester’s body language. Hopefully Jeffery has a little more of Cutler’s trust going forward.

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    Not sure what game tapes you were watching but I’ve been to every Bears home game this season and a few away games. Hester never gets open even when single covered which is the vast majority of the time.

  6. @bearssuck~

    I don’t think the Bears will be one & done. They’re going to be none & done. Packers win the division easily, and the Bears fall out of the wildcard. Same old Bears.

  7. The Bears passing game has been missing Jeffrey majorly. Devin Hester just isn’t a #2 receiver and neither is Earl Bennett.

    The Bears have technically had their full WR corps for 2 games this season, and every single one of the receivers has had a huge drop at a crucial point in a game. Even Marshall, though he makes up for it through sheer amount of passes thrown his way.

  8. here is an idea for tice to think about on how to use hester. first of all stop with the screen passes! secondly have him run deep and have Cutler throw him the ball! it worked when Rex Grossman was qb and all he did was throw the ball deep to berrian! it made berrian a rich man and helped the bears get to the super bowl so why not use hester the same way?

  9. It’s just a really bad idea to try and take on Michael Robinson when he’s coming up the sideline. Heck, when he was a QB at Penn State, he nearly killed someone on a similar kind of play.

  10. “I agree, the Bears need to find a complement to Marshall…But, regarding those plays where Hester was open and Jay threw to Brandon instead…I’d venture that most of those still resulted in positive plays, so Hester should not pout too much”

    Not to mention that Marshall has an incredible talent at “gripping” the ball unlike a lot of receivers on the Bears…He literally rips the ball out of the air and once he has it, its caught.

  11. “Frankly, I am worried about Peterson runnning all over the defense.”

    Yes, me too that is what will kill them this game!!!Briggs will be probably be his spy.

  12. Ashlon Jeffery should start at WR.
    Hester can kick and punt return but the O-line has to step up and keep Cutler’s jersey clean. Forte needs to step up and help Marshall

  13. It seems that this happens every year. The Bears start off looking good for the playoffs, then the injury bug hits their best player or players.

  14. Bears fans, myself included, need to realize how bad things are. 7/1 to 8/4 with only a 3 point beting edge over the the Vikings for this Sunday makes all this “play-off-what will happen if” stuff seem very silly. The second year that the Bears have folded their tent after a good first half run but it is getting old. Baseball gives you 3 strikes before you are called out. Football I’m not so sure.

  15. 6 minutes into the game and we are seeing the Bears at their normal worst. It’s unfortunate that Lovie can’t make the inactive list report.

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