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Jordan Palmer, QB8/25/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Bears have waived QB Jordan Palmer.
Insight: Palmer has only played in four games since 2008. The move makes Jimmy Clausen the "handcuff" to oft-injured Jay Cutler.
Jimmy Clausen, QB8/24/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has won the backup job to starter Jay Cutler.
Insight: Jordan Palmer was cut Sunday. Clausen hasn't thrown a pass since he had 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine picks on 299 attempts (52.5 completion percentage, 5.21 yards per attempt) as a rookie in 2010. Of course, coach Marc Trestman also helped journeyman Josh McCown turn into a viable fantasy quarterback last season and Cutler has missed 12 games over the last three years.
Marquess Wilson, WR8/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason, according to USA Today.
Insight: Wilson's collarbone broke in two places and he was given a 12-14 week timetable after his Aug. 5 surgery. He was expected to serve as Chicago's No. 3 receiver this season, but newly signed Santonio Holmes may have to fill that role. Wilson's absence will lead to more targets for tight end Martellus Bennett.
Santonio Holmes, WR8/18/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: USA Today reports that Bears third wide receiver Marquess Wilson will be sidelined at least 12 to 14 weeks with his broken collarbone, which gives veteran receiver Santonio Holmes a chance to be more than just an injury replacement for a couple weeks. Chicago signed Holmes on Saturday. The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes will still compete with fellow receivers Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears' No. 3 wide out job. If the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank, Holmes should run away with the job. Holmes struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons in New York, playing just 15 games and catching 43 balls for 728 yards with two touchdowns.
Santonio Holmes, WR8/16/2014 2:41:00 PM
Description: The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: The Bears needed receiver depth after losing Marquess Wilson to a broken collarbone. Holmes will compete with Josh Morgan for the third receiver job, though the player who wins will only be keeping the seat warm for Wilson.
Zach Miller, TE8/15/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Zach Miller may have suffered ligament damage in Thursday's preseason matchup with Jacksonville, according to an Ian Rapoport report. X-rays were negative, but he'll have an MRI on his foot.
Insight: Miller caught six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown last week with Martellus Bennett suspended, but this could leave him sidelined.
Jay Cutler, QB8/14/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid again in his preseason opener going 7-for-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Marshall.
Insight: With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either Martellus Bennett it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Kyle Fuller, CB8/14/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller left Thursday night's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: It didn't appear to be too serious as he was seen walking around. He's the team's No. 3 corner and given they have to play Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year they need to stay healthy in the secondary.
Martellus Bennett, TE8/10/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett has been reinstated.
Insight: The Bears suspended him indefinitely for getting into an on-field fight with rookie first-round pick Kyle Fuller. His suspension lasted five days. The 27-year-old has the physical tools to be a top tight end, but he's behind Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte in the passing hierarchy. His 2013 numbers -- 65 catches, 759 yards, five touchdowns -- represent his 2014 ceiling.
Zach Miller, TE8/9/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Bears tight end Zach Miller took advantage of Martellus Bennett's absence to show he can work well alongside Jay Cutler.
Insight: Miller caught a touchdown pass from Cutler and backup Jordan Palmer in the first half and finished the night with six catches for 62 yards. If the team tires of Bennett's antics he could be useful to fantasy owners.
Jay Cutler, QB8/9/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid in his preseason opener going 9-for-13 for 88 yards and a score.
Insight: More importantly, he didn't throw an interception, take a sack or get hurt. With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either martellus Bennet of Zach Miller it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Martellus Bennett, TE8/5/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett has been fined and suspended by the Bears for "conduct detrimental to the team."
Insight: We don't know for how long, but it appears to be the result of an altercation with rookie Kyle Fuller at Monday's practice. He remains a low-end TE1, unless these problems continue.
Marquess Wilson, WR8/4/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured collarbone Monday, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: There's no timetable for his return right now, but it's usually a 6-8 week injury. Wilson is expected to step into the third receiver role when healthy, but he likely won't have fantasy value barring an injury to Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.
Jimmy Clausen, QB7/18/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright says that Jimmy Clausen "appears poised to unseat" Jordan Palmer for the backup QB job.
Insight: Clausen hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since his rookie year in 2010, when he had a 3/9 TD/INT ratio and a .525 completion percentage. But remember that Josh McCown was a journeyman with a 37/44 TD/INT prior to putting up a 13/1 TD/INT and a .665 completion percentage in Bears coach Marc Trestman's offense last season. Bears starter Jay Cutler has missed 13 games over the past four years.
Brian Urlacher, LB6/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: The Cowboys have looked into signing former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. SOURCE: Ed Werder, ESPN
Insight: Dallas is looking to replace Sean Lee, who went down a torn ACL last week at practice. Urlacher retired last year and to our knowledge is not considering a comeback. We're guessing nothing will come of this.
Brandon Marshall, WR5/19/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: It looks like Jay Cutler's top receiving target Brandon Marshall is staying put.
Insight: Marshall just agreed to a three-year, $30 million extension. He's caught at least 100 balls in each of his last four seasons with Cutler at quarterback, including 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 TDs last season.
Jordan Lynch, RB5/12/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: After going undrafted, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch was quickly scooped up by the Bears. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: He'll try his hand at running back. Lynch has adequate size (6-foot, 216 pounds) but his speed (4.76 40-yard dash) is below average for the position.
Jared Allen, DE3/26/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Although he appeared to be close to signing with the Seahawks last week, DE Jared Allen signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears on Wednesday.
Insight: Chicago released Julius Peppers and watched him sign with the Packers, so they picked up Allen from the Vikings, another NFC North rival. Allen played 16 games and had at least 11 sacks all six years he was in Minnesota.
Earl Bennett, WR3/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: The Bears cut wide receiver Earl Bennett on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago
Insight: This comes after Bennett refused to take a paycut. Bennett won't be hard to replace after hauling in just 32 catches last season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be considering Bennett as a viable option, regardless of what team he ends up with.
Charles Tillman, CB3/15/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: The Bears were able to re-sign CB Peanut Tillman to a one-year contract. SOURCE: Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Insight: Tillman has been to the Pro Bowl twice in his last three seasons. He's sixth among active players in interceptions (36) and hasn't had fewer than three picks in a season since 2009. Tillman turned 33 in February.
M.D. Jennings, S3/12/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Former Packers safety M.D. Jennings has agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago.
Insight: Jennings has had an up and down start to his career. In three seasons with Green Bay, he made 133 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble. Opposing quarterbacks have never been afraid to throw in his direction.
Josh McCown, QB3/12/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Bears quarterback Josh McCown is likely to end up either in Houston or Tampa Bay.
Insight: The Texans are looking at McCown as a stop gap for whatever rookie quarterback they end up drafting in May. Of course, McCown would be reunited with former Chicago coach Lovie Smith if he signed with the Buccaneers. The Jets are also said to be interested in McCown, though Schefter considers them a longshot.
Julius Peppers, DE3/11/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: The Bears cut ties with right end Julius Peppers on Tuesday.
Insight: Today has been absolute carnage across the league as we've already seen DeMarcus Ware, Peppers and Thomas DeCoud get cut with Darrelle Revis likely to follow. The move gives Chicago about $8 million in cap relief. Peppers is 17th on the NFL's all-time sack list with 119 takedowns in 186 career games.
Julius Peppers, DE3/10/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: The Bears are looking to trade defensive end Julius Peppers this offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Very few teams would be willing to take on Peppers' $20 million salary, which means he's probably going to get cut. The 34-year-old collected 7.5 sacks last season, his fewest since 2007 when he was still with Carolina.
Michael Bush, RB3/10/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Goal line halfback Michael Bush was cut by the Bears on Monday. SOURCE: Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Bush totaled just 197 yards on 63 carries in 2013. After vulturing five touchdowns from Matt Forte in 2012, that figure dropped to just three last season. He's not a fantasy candidate.
Devin Hester, WR3/6/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: The Bears have decided not to pursue Devin Hester in free agency. SOURCE: NFL Network
Insight: Hester never cut it as a receiver and it looks like he's going to be used exclusively on special teams wherever he ends up. Despite being arguably the greatest return man in NFL history, Hester isn't a fantasy option.
Jeremiah Ratliff, DT3/5/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Jeremiah "Jay" Ratliff has signed a two-year deal with Chicago.
Insight: Ratliff is still good enough to start but he isn't the game changer that he used to be. His last Pro Bowl appearance came in 2011.
Josh McCown, QB1/19/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Soon-to-be free agent Josh McCown is not considering retirement. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Why would he? The 34-year-old McCown should be one of the most sought after quarterbacks on the open market this offseason. His 109.0 QB rating this past season for Chicago was a career-high.
Jay Cutler, QB1/2/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler will remain with the Bears after agreeing to a seven-year deal.
Insight: Cutler averaged 238.3 ypg his highest total since leaving Denver in 2008. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte catching his passes, Cutler should continue to be a productive fantasy option.
Earl Bennett, WR12/29/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Chicago receiver Earl Bennett isn't expected to play Sunday against Green Bay. SOURCE: Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
Insight: He's been away from the team for almost a week while dealing with an undisclosed personal matter. Jay Cutler still has Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to throw to so Bennett's absence shouldn't alter Chicago's game plan too much in Week 17.
Robbie Gould, K12/27/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: The Bears inked kicker Robbie Gould to a four-year extension on Friday. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: The $15 million deal is the largest ever for an NFL kicker. With 26 field goals on 29 tries this season, he's certainly worth the money.
Jay Cutler, QBCold12/23/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Chicago QB Jay Cutler will start next week's game versus the Packers despite a lackluster outing in Week 16. SOURCE: ESPN Chicago
Insight: Cutler threw for 222 yards and a 73.8 QB rating before being replaced by Josh McCown in the fourth quarter. Cutler hasn't played the Packers yet this season (he was hurt for Week 9) but he threw five interceptions against them in two starts last season.
Matt Forte, RB12/19/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte needs just 39 rushing yards over the final two games to set a career high.
Insight: Forte already has a career-high 66 catches and is 26 receiving yards away from setting a career high in that category as well. He also has nine total touchdowns, his most since 2010. It's been a fantastic season for Forte in his first year under offensive mastermind Marc Trestman.
Charles Tillman, CB12/16/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Bears cornerback Peanut Tillman won't play again this season. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Tillman would have been eligible to return for the playoffs but his torn triceps hasn't healed yet. He'll finish the year with 41 tackles, three forced fumbles and three picks.
Jay Cutler, QB12/15/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 22-of-31 for 265 yards, three touchdowns and two picks in his return to action Sunday at Cleveland.
Insight: Cutler was wild early and threw two interceptions on high throws to Brandon Marshall, but he came through for fantasy owners who took the chance and started him. He had a little help from Alshon Jeffery, who somehow pulled in an underthrown 45-yard pass in double coverage for a touchdown.
Lance Briggs, LB12/13/2013 3:02:00 PM
Description: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) has been practicing on a limited basis this week, but is not targeting a return until Week 16, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Insight: Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture in a Week 7 loss to the Redskins. The Bears have been vulnerable to the run this season, yielding 157 ypg.
Josh McCown, QB12/12/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Bears backup QB Josh McCown put together a great streak as Jay Cutler's replacement, but Cutler has been named the starter for Week 15.
Insight: McCown threw for 348 or more yards in each of the last three games with nine touchdown passes and just one interceptions. Fantasy owners will be sad to see him sit.
Jay Cutler, QB12/12/2013 2:12:00 PM
Description: Bears coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler (ankle) will start Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: Backup Josh McCown has thrown for at least 348 yards in each of the last three games but Trestman said Cutler is still the starter. Cutler has a 13-8 TD-INT ratio this season compared to 13-1 for McCown. Either QB is a top-10 fantasy play with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery at wideout.
Jay Cutler, QB12/11/2013 4:47:00 PM
Description: According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears coach Marc Trestman says he is "optimistic" Jay Cutler (ankle) will start Sunday against the Browns. Cutler was cleared to practice at full speed Wednesday.
Insight: Backup Josh McCown has thrown for at least 348 yards in each of the last three games with nine touchdowns (eight passing) and two turnovers during that stretch, but Trestman said Cutler is still the starter. Cutler has a 13-8 TD-INT ratio, compared to 13-1 for McCown.
Jay Cutler, QB12/10/2013 8:25:00 AM
Description: Despite another fine performance from backup Josh McCown on Monday night, Bears coach Marc Trestman insists Jay Cutler is still the team's starter when healthy. SOURCE: ESPN Chicago
Insight: McCown has been terrific for the Bears, compiling a 109.8 quarterback rating in seven contests. Cutler, meanwhile, is still waiting to be cleared after missing the last four games with an ankle injury.
Jay Cutler, QB12/8/2013 1:29:00 PM
Description: The Texans are considering signing Jay Cutler when he becomes a free agent this offseason. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: That's a long ways off from now but it's a little surprising Tennessee is ready to give up on Jake Locker after just three seasons. Cutler could command a contract north of $100 million.
Jay Cutler, QB12/5/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: The Bears have ruled out Jay Cutler (ankle) for Monday's game against the Cowboys, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: That means Josh McCown will get to start in a tremendous matchup. He's our No. 7 quarterback this week.
Jay Cutler, QB12/3/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) has yet to be cleared to practice, according to the quarterback.
Insight: Josh McCown has been more than adequate as a fill in and the Bears may not rush Cutler back into the lineup if he's not 100 percent. That's not a problem if Cutler's fantasy owners had the two handcuffed. Either QB should have a good day against Dallas who has given up an average of 294.9 ypg in the air this season.
Alshon Jeffery, WRHot12/1/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery was unstoppable Sunday at Minnesota, catching 12 balls for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Jeffery beat Brandon Marshall to 1,000 yards despite being 85 yards behind him when the game began. The second-year wideout has reeled in 70 passes for 1,109 yards and five touchdowns on 118 targets this season while averaging 111.67 receiving yards per game over his last nine.
Zack Bowman, DB12/1/2013 1:52:00 PM
Description: Chicago cornerback Zack Bowman left the game early in the second quarter after a hard landing on the turf.
Insight: Bowman's injury normally would warrant attention except that the bears are already without Charles Tillman and Major Wright.
Matt Forte, RB11/30/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: The Bears have running back Matt Forte listed as probable on their Week 13 injury report. SOURCE: Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Forte missed practice on Wednesday because of a knee injury but was back the next day. He'll see his usual workload in an important game Sunday against the Vikings.
Major Wright, S11/29/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: Bears safety Major Wright pulled a hamstring in Friday's practice and is now listed as questionable for Sunday.
Insight: With Charles Tillman already out, the Bears secondary can ill-afford to lose anymore players, particularly one playing as well as Wright.
Matt Forte, RB11/28/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte (knee) practiced Thursday, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Forte suffered a slightly hyperextended knee in Week 12, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings.
Matt Forte, RB11/27/2013 3:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago halfback Matt Forte was unable to practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Forte is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in last week's loss to St. Louis. We'd be surprised if he doesn't play Sunday against the Vikings.
Matt Forte, RB11/26/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte suffered a slightly hyperextended knee Sunday against the Rams.
Insight: He'll be evaluated further on Wednesday, but he's expected to be ready to play in Week 13 against the Vikings, according to csnchicago.com.
Jay Cutler, QB11/26/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) said he would be "pretty disappointed" if he wasn't able to play in Week 14, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Josh McCown will draw his fourth start of the season Sunday at Minnesota, but Cutler is targeting Monday, Dec. 9 against the Cowboys for his return. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 9 at Detroit and has not been fully healthy since Oct. 10 versus the New York Giants.
Jay Cutler, QB11/25/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Bears QB Jay Cutler is doubtful for Sunday's game against Minnesota. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Josh McCown will draw his fourth start of the season. Cutler suffered a high ankle sprain November 10th against Detroit. He's still week-to-week.
Jay Cutler, QB11/18/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler thinks he may have ligament damage to his ankle. SOURCE: Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
Insight: The Bears have already ruled him out for Week 12. Given Cutler's injury history, it could be a while before we see him back on the field.
Lance Briggs, LB11/18/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) has already been ruled out for Week 12.
Insight: Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture in a Week 7 loss to the Redskins. The Bears have been vulnerable to the run this season, yielding 133.9 ypg, and face the Rams' Zac Stacy this Sunday.
Josh McCown, QB11/18/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Bears backup QB Josh McCown will start again in Week 12 against the St. Louis Rams with Jay Cutler already having been ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Insight: McCown has won both his starts this season, but knows there is no QB controversy and that when healthy Cutler is the starter. He's face a tough Rams pass rush Sunday. McCown has been more balanced in his targeting Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery than Cutler.
Martellus Bennett, TE11/17/2013 12:24:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) is active Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: Bennett has been banged up this season but hasn't missed any time. However, his production has waned over the last three weeks and the Ravens have shut down opposing tight ends over the last four games. He's a low-end TE1.
Jay Cutler, QB11/11/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Chicago QB Jay Cutler is week-to-week with a left high ankle sprain. SOURCE: Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Cutler suffered the injury in his first game back from a groin tear Sunday against the Lions. He's been ruled out for Week 11 and almost certainly will miss Week 12. Josh McCown will start until Cutler returns.
Josh McCown, QB11/11/2013 3:19:00 PM
Description: Bears backup QB Josh McCown will start again in Week 11 with Jay Cutler already having been ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Insight: McCown was solid in both starts when Cutler was sidelined by a groing injury in Week 7 and 9. He's likely to start in Week 12 as well, though facing the Rams' pass rush isn't fun.
Jay Cutler, QB11/11/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Chicago QB Jay Cutler came out in the fourth quarter Sunday against Detroit after suffering an ankle injury and is expected to miss next week's game against Baltimore, according to beat writer Rich Campbell.
Insight: Josh McCown will be asked start once again. Cutler, just back from a groin injury, should be considered doubtful for Week 12 too.
Charles Tillman, DB11/11/2013 2:12:00 PM
Description: Chicago cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return which will end his regular season.
Insight: Tillman has a triceps injury. He can start practicing again in six weeks and play in eight which would make him eligible if the Bears can make the playoffs. He's one of the league's best at stripping ball carriers and receivers of the ball.
Brandon Marshall, WR11/10/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Chicago wideout Brandon Marshall went off for 139 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in a 21-19 loss to the Lions.
Insight: The return of Jay Cutler to the starting lineup certainly seemed to help. With seven games remaining on the schedule, Marshall should easily eclipse his career-high in touchdowns (11) as long as he stays healthy.
Jay Cutler, QB11/10/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Chicago QB Jay Cutler came out in the fourth quarter Sunday against Detroit after suffering an ankle injury.
Insight: Josh McCown will be asked to lead the two-minute drill. Cutler finishes the afternoon with 250 yards on 21-for-40 passing. He threw one touchdown and one interception.
Jay Cutler, QB11/7/2013 4:34:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) will start Sunday against the Lions, according to ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson.
Insight: Cutler was given a timetable of at least four weeks when he suffered a groin injury in Week 7, but he's ready to go after three. "He's been cleared because the doctors believe he can do everything," coach Marc Trestman said. Cutler threw for 317 yards, two touchdowns and three picks in Week 4 at Detroit.
Jay Cutler, QB11/5/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) said he won't know his Week 10 status versus Detroit until he practices, according to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Cutler is hoping to participate in Chicago's walk-through Wednesday and practice Thursday. If he can't go, Josh McCown will get another start after beating Green Bay Monday night.
Jay Cutler, QB11/4/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is hearing that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is likely to start next week's game against the Lions. Cutler tore his groin in a Week 7 loss at Washington.
Insight: He's coming back about two weeks sooner than expected. Veteran Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against the Packers.
Charles Tillman, DB11/4/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Chicago cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman is probable for Monday's game against Green Bay with a sore knee.
Insight: Tillman has been playing through the injury over the past two weeks and should be ready for the division rival Packers. He's one of the best at stripping ball carriers and receivers of the ball with 10 forced fumbles last season. He has two forced fumbles and three INTs in 2013. He must play if the Bears are to control Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay passing game.
Lance Briggs, LB11/4/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) is still 2-4 weeks away from returning based on the original 4-6 week timetable.
Insight: Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture in a Week 7 loss to the Redskins. He claims he's ahead of schedule. The seven-time Pro Bowler's absence hurts a defense that has always been a favorite of fantasy owners for its ability to score touchdowns.
Major Wright, S11/4/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Bears safety Major Wright is questionable for Monday's game against Green Bay with a knee injury.
Insight: When facing Aaron Rodgers its always best to have as many healthy defensive backs as possible. Even with Randall Cobb sidelined and James Jones questionable Rodgers figures to throw the ball 30-35 times.
Joe Anderson, WR11/4/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Bears backup wideout Joe Anderson is questionable for Monday's game against Green Bay with an abdominal injury.
Insight: Anderson has yet to catch a pass this season, so this injury will not effect any fantasy lineups. He has only touched the ball as a kickoff returner.
Jay Cutler, QB11/3/2013 12:40:00 PM
Description: According to ESPNChicago.com, there has been "an increased sense of optimism" that Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) will be able to return sooner than his initial timetable.
Insight: Cutler tore a groin muscle in Week 7 against the Redskins and was expected to miss at least four weeks, but he could be back as soon as Week 10 against the Lions. Josh McCown will start Monday night against the Packers.
Jay Ratliff, DT11/2/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: The Bears and former Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff have agreed to a one-year contract. SOURCE: Ed Werder, ESPN
Insight: Ratliff has yet to play this season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in the offseason. It's unclear when the four-time Pro Bowler will return to action.
Lance Briggs, LB10/21/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: NBC's Pro Football Talk is reporting that Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) will miss 4-6 weeks.
Insight: Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. The seven-time Pro Bowler inherited signal calling duties from Brian Urlacher when he retired last season. Briggs' absence hurts a defense that has always been a favorite of fantasy owners for its ability to score touchdowns.
Jay Cutler, QB10/21/2013 2:29:00 PM
Description: Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has a torn groin and will miss at least four weeks. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: Cutler suffered the injury on a sack in the second quarter Sunday against Washington. Josh McCown is expected to start when the Bears come back from their bye week. Although McCown held his own against the Redskins (14-for-20, 204 yards, TD), this isn't good news for Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey owners.
Jay Cutler, QB10/20/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will have an MRI on his groin, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Cutler suffered an injury on a sack in the second quarter and didn't return. He was replaced by backup Josh McCown. The Bears have a bye in Week 8 so Cutler has some extra time to get healthy.
Josh McCown, QB10/20/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Bears backup QB Josh McCown completed 14-of-20 for 204 yards and a touchdown in relief of Jay Cutler (groin) Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: McCown was able to get the ball to Alshon Jeffery (four catches, 105 yards) and Brandon Marshall (6-75) while hitting Martellus Bennett for a fourth-quarter TD. The Bears have a bye in Week 8 but if McCown has to play in Week 9 at Green Bay fantasy owners will still be able to use Chicago's skill-position players.
Jay Cutler, QB10/20/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday's game against the Redskins with a groin injury and will not return.
Insight: Cutler suffered the injury on a sack in the second quarter. Josh McCown will quarterback the Bears for the rest of the game.
Jay Cutler, QB10/20/2013 2:26:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday's game against the Redskins with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Insight: Cutler suffered the injury on a sack in the second quarter. He attempted to walk to the locker room under his own power but needed assistance after reaching the tunnel.
Martellus Bennett, TE10/20/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) missed practice during the week, but will be in uniform for Sunday's game with Washington.
Insight: Bennett had 10 days to recover from his sore knee and is ready to go. He's been a reliable tight end option for five of six weeks and against the Redskins he should make that six for seven.
Martellus Bennett, TE10/16/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Bennett suffered a knee injury in Week 5 but was able to play four days later last Thursday against the Giants and had six catches. He should be able to play in Week 7 against the Redskins and is a top-10 tight end option.
Danieal Manning, SS10/14/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Houston strong safety Danieal Manning is expected to sit out 6-8 weeks with a hairline fracture in his right leg. SOURCE: Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle
Insight: The Texans didn't need this on top of their already disappointing 2-4 start. They head to Arrowhead in Week 7 with Eddie Pleasant and rookie D.J. Swearinger as candidates to start in Manning's place.
D.J. Williams, LB10/11/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Bears linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the rest of the season with a torn left pectoral muscle.
Insight: The Bears defense has been crushed by injuries this season. Chicago lost defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins to torn ACLs, DT Stephen Paea has missed games with a sprained toe, Charles Tillman has been dealing with nagging injuries all season and now Williams is done for the year. Chicago does have a bye in Week 9 after playing Thursday against the Giants, so they'll only have one game between now and Nov. 4.
Martellus Bennett, TE10/10/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Giants.
Insight: Bennett's knee injury isn't considered serious but the quick turnaround from Sunday's game put his status in question. He has a great matchup Thursday and fantasy owners can roll with him as a top-12 tight end against his former team.
Martellus Bennett, TE10/9/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) is headed for a game-time call Thursday against New York. SOURCE: ESPN Chicago
Insight: The short turnaround after Sunday's loss to New Orleans certainly doesn't make things easy for Bennett's fantasy owners. If Bennett can play through the pain, he should be good for at least a touchdown against the hapless Giants.
Nate Collins, DT10/7/2013 2:59:00 PM
Description: Chicago DT Nate Collins has a torn left ACL and is out for the season, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: The Bears already lost Henry Melton in Week 3 and this injury leaves them dangerously thin on the defensive line. Expect the team to sign someone.
Alshon Jeffery, WRHot10/6/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery had a career game Sunday against the Saints, catching 10 balls for 218 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Jay Cutler targeted Jeffery 13 times, seven more than any other Bears player. Brandon Marshall has been blanketed by opposing defenses in recent weeks, but the emergence of Jeffery as a dangerous weapon should open things up for Marshall going forward.
Jay Cutler, QB10/6/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to play from behind for a second straight week Sunday against the Saints and finished with 358 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: The Bears have fallen behind big in two straight weeks and Cutler has averaged 337.5 passing yards while throwing four touchdown passes. He has 10 TD passes in five games this season and has a favorable matchup Thursday against the Giants.
Brandon Marshall, WR10/4/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (foot) returned to practice Friday after missing two practices earlier in the week.
Insight: Marshall was always expected to play Sunday and is a must start whenever in uniform.
Brandon Marshall, WR10/3/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (foot) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday.
Insight: Marshall is still expected to play Sunday, but if he doesn't return to a limited session Friday it might be time to worry.
Alshon Jeffery, WR9/29/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery blew up for 107 yards on five catches Sunday in a loss to the Lions.
Insight: Teams seem to be keying in on Brandon Marshall, which usually leaves Jeffery wide open. Jeffery has also shown that he can be a dangerous runner with 57 yards on just three carries this season. He could make for an interesting flex option going forward.
Henry Melton, DL9/23/2013 2:23:00 PM
Description: Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with a torn ACL. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: His season is over. Sunday could have been Melton's last game with Chicago as he's slated to become a free agent after the season.
Brandon Marshall, WR9/20/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (back) practiced in full Friday, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Marshall left Thursday's practice with back tightness, but the fact that he was able to return to a full practice already on Friday is a sign that he'll start Sunday night against the Steelers.
Martellus Bennett, TEHot9/19/2013 3:46:00 PM
Description: Bears TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder) fully participated in Thursday's practice.
Insight: Bennett was limited Wednesday but was never expected to miss Sunday's game. The tight end has been a favorite receiver of Jay Cutler in the red zone so far and has three TDs in two games.
Brandon Marshall, WR9/19/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall left Thursday's practice with tightness in his back, but it doesn't sound serious, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Marshall might put in a limited practice Friday but he's not in danger of missing Sunday's game at this point.
Martellus Bennett, TEHot9/17/2013 12:45:00 PM
Description: Bears TE Martellus Bennett pulled in seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against Minnesota, but also came out of the game with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Bennett is expected to play in Week 3. He already has three touchdowns in two games after scoring five all last year. QB Jay Cutler should continue to look his way in the red zone and he's a viable target after Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte.
Martellus Bennett, TEHot9/15/2013 6:13:00 PM
Description: Bears TE Martellus Bennett pulled in seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against Minnesota.
Insight: Bennett already has three touchdowns in two games after scoring five last year. QB Jay Cutler should continue to look his way in the red zone and as a No. 2 target after Brandon Marshall.
Matt Forte, RB9/15/2013 6:12:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte has 53 touches through two games.
Insight: He had 19 carries for 90 yards and 11 receptions for 71 yards Sunday against the Vikings. Meanwhile, Michael Bush had two carries and no targets.
Charles Tillman, DB9/8/2013 6:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago cornerback Peanut Tillman recorded two interceptions Sunday in a season-opening win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Tillman has been to the Pro Bowl two years in a row and it looks like he's well on his way to making a third trip to Hawaii in 2013. He led the NFL with ten forced fumbles last season.
Brandon Marshall, WR9/8/2013 5:03:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall had eight receptions, 104 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets against the Bengals Sunday in the season opener.
Insight: This is a stat line fantasy owners should get used to. Jay Cutler spread the ball around more, targeting Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte six times apiece and Alshon Jeffery eight times, but Marshall is still his top guy and a bona fide WR1.
Matt Forte, RB9/8/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Against a tough Bengals defensive front, Matt Forte was held to 50 yards on 19 carries but he scored a touchdown and caught four passes for 41 yards.
Insight: The Bears kept Forte in on the goal line for a one-yard touchdown and also gave it to him on a fourth-and-one and he converted. Michael Bush had six carries for 15 yards. New coach Marc Trestman should get a career year out of Forte.
Brandon Marshall, WR9/2/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Bears GM Phil Emery said that in WR Brandon Marshall (hip), he sees "a guy that is better than he was last year," according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Marshall has been dealing with some minor issues related to his hip surgery but he'll be a full go for Week 1. While we think he'll be one of the top receivers in football, it is going to be difficult to top his lofty receiving totals of 118 receptions, 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Brandon Marshall, WR8/29/2013 2:49:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) confirmed on his Twitter account that he'll play Week 1.
Insight: Marshall has been practicing nearly every day and playing in preseason games, but he admitted to not being comfortable coming off his third hip surgery. Even if he's behind where he wants to be, he should be ready to post WR1 numbers come Week 1.


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