Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett returned to practice on Thursday according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Bennett got a limited practice session in on Thursday, so he is on track to play in Week 8. He has not scored since Week 3, but he continues to get catches and yards. If someone other than Matt Forte scores against New England this week, it will likely be Bennett since the giant Bears receivers draw Darrelle Revis.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday's practice.
Insight: He played his normal amount of stats during Week 7 against Miami, so it is tough to figure out when he got hurt. Assuming Bennett is able to return to practice this week, he will be a low-end TE1 for Week 8 against the Patriots.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte gained 166 yards of total offense and had one touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Forte led the Bears in rushing and receiving. He had 17 carries for 61 yards and 12 receptions for 105 yards. His touchdown came through the air. He was likely considered a top-four running back along with LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Adrian Peterson. Among those guys, Forte has been the most consistent this season.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 122 yards and caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Insight: It was clear Chicago was trying to establish something on the ground as 19 of their first 33 plays were runs. Forte did fail to find the end zone again, so a quarter of the way through the year, Forte is still scoreless.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led the team with 11 targets, nine catches and 134 receiving yards against the Packers in Week 4.
Insight: Bennett nearly scored as well, but the Packers tackled him near the goal line as time expired in the first half. Bennett has definitely become a TE1 and is close to stud status. He must be in the lineup every single week.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Insight: Marshall is still a bit risky as he did not practice all week. If you have a better option, it's ok to go with another receiver over Marshall, but if the Bears wide out is your only choice, there are certainly worse options.
Description: Bears defensive end Jared Allen is inactive for Week 4 against the Packers.
Insight: Chicago has just been killed by injuries early this season. Joining Allen, outside linebacker Shea McClellin, corner back Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson are also inactive on Sunday.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is still not practicing on Thursday due to his ankle injury according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: Marshall will likely be questionable and a true game-time decision on Sunday. The good news is the Bears play at 1 pm EST this Sunday rather than in prime time on Sunday or Monday. We would check back to see if Marshall practices on Friday, but we would not be surprised if Chicago decides to protect Marshall from further aggravating the injury and not let him play.
Description: Outside linebacker Shea McClellin is inactive for the Monday night game against the Jets.
Insight: Chicago has also deactivated cornerback Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and offensive lineman Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson. Defensive end Jared Allen and free safety Chris Conte are active.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall left Monday night's game in the middle of the second quarter with an injury. UPDATE: Marshall is listed as questionable to return.
Insight: Marshall stayed down on the field after blocking on an end-around run with about seven minutes left in the first half. It looked like the training staff was checking his ankle. He left the field under his own power but went into the locker room for further tests.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte had a tough night against San Francisco's front seven, rushing for just 21 yards, on 12 carries.
Insight: Forte couldn't break loose receiving either, catching five balls for just 15 yards. We'll chalk this one up to a defensive game plan designed to stop the two healthiest threats - Forte and Martellus Bennett. Forte will face a tough Jets defense, ranked third in yards allowed, in Week 3, so be prepared for more of the same.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (hamstring) did not look very fast, but he adapted his game and made a great night of it with three touchdown receptions.
Insight: With his hamstring injury, he couldn't out-run the defensive backs, but he used his big body and strong hands to out-manuever them. Marshall finished the night with five receptions for just 48 yards, but three touvhdowns which may have turned around the Bears season.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice all week, but he's active for the game.
Insight: The wideout has played while not practicing and he certainly knows the plays well enough to step right into the game, so we are happy to start him. Alshon Jeffery is also active, so Santonio Holmes should not be started.
Description: The Bears have signed wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Chris Williams from their practice squad.
Insight: This is not good news for Brandon Marshall and Alson Jeffery owners. Both might miss Sunday's game against the 49ers. Tight end Martellus Bennett and receiver Santonio Holmes will likely be quarterback Jay Cutler's top two targets in Week 2.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice again Friday.
Insight: The wideout has played while not practicing and he certainly knows the plays well enough to step right into the game, but its a concern. Alshon Jeffery has also missed practice. In fact, only Santonio Holmes appears to be completely healthy for the Bears receiving corps.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery did not practice Thursday, but was a limited participant in Friday's session.
Insight: Bears beat writer Rich Campbell received a less-than-enthusiastic, "We'll see," when asked if he was ready for Monday night. Looks like a game-time decision, but as the last game it makes it tough on fantasy owners. Santonio Holmes might see a bump in targets.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery did not practice again on Thursday.
Insight: Jeffery was forced out of Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and missed all of the overtime with a hamstring issue. With Marshall hurt as well, it is quite possible the Bears play against the 49ers on Sunday with Santonio Holmes being Jay Cutler's No. 1 target. Check on Friday to see if Jeffery returns to practice and obviously if only one of them plays Sunday night, he should see an increase in targets.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice again Thursday.
Insight: Marshall said he "hopes" to test out his sore ankle on Friday. The wideout has played through minor injuries his entire career, but this sounds different. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status to see if he suits up against the 49ers.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Marshall fought through a sore ankle last week, but is expected to be ready to go for Week 2. If running mate Alshon Jeffery isn't healthy, Marshall could be in for a big second week after catching eight balls for 71 yards and a score in the opener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.