Alshon Jeffery Injury Update: Will Chicago Bears Star Play Week 1?

Alshon Jeffery injury updates are important to fantasy football owners in Week 1. Jeffery has a calf injury that has limited him in practices recently. A report from Yahoo! Sports states that he is going to be a gametime decision in Week 1. That severely raises the stress level of Chicago Bears fans, fantasy football owners, and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

This is a situation where the final information about Jeffery is likely to come out about an hour before kickoff on Sunday, September 13. The Bears open the 2015 NFL season against the Green Bay Packers, with kickoff set for about 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT) on Fox. That means the best information about Jeffery’s injury should be out at around 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT).

The ESPN projections for Jeffery are really good this season, with the Bears’ primary receiver predicted to have 88 catches for 1,222 yards and eight touchdowns. Those are great numbers from a receiver, suggesting he could rank among the best at his position during the 2015 NFL season. That’s a good deal for the Bears and for fantasy football owners that invested heavily in him on draft day.

Though Alshon Jeffery is hobbled by this calf injury, it is important to point out that he played most of the 2014 NFL season battling injuries, as well. Despite being banged up, he still managed to catch 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those are numbers that any offensive coordinator would love to have.

The best place to look for up-to-the-minute news on Jeffery’s injury is the player card that ESPN has provided for him. That is where information from the team will get listed when it is revealed on Sunday. At the moment, it currently reads, “Jeffery (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s regular season opener against the Packers after practicing in a limited fashion Friday for the third consecutive day, the Chicago Tribune reports.”

It’s certainly a risk to go into Week 1 of the fantasy football season without all the information, but the importance that Jeffery has to this team will likely cause him to play. The calf might still be bothering him when game time arrives, but fantasy owners that selected him likely don’t have better options in Week 1 anyway. The next bit of Alshon Jeffery injury news to come out is expected to confirm that he will play on Sunday, with the only question being in what capacity his role will entail.

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