Bears WR Alshon Jeffery listed as probable for Monday

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/17/2012, 04:27pm

With the return of rookie Alshon Jeffery, the Bears’ receiving corps will be at full strength Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jeffery is officially listed as probable on the injury list. Jeffery last played on Oct. 7, breaking his right hand against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s missed the last four games.

Jeffery, who had 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the first five games, fully participated in practice Friday and Saturday after rejoining his teammates earlier in the week on a limited basis.

“Alshon Jeffery has looked really good [in practice],” coach Lovie Smith said.

At 6-3 and 216 pounds, Jeffery gives Bears backup Jason Campbell another big target to go with Brandon Marshall as he takes over for Jay Cutler (concussion). Jeffery had become a key threat for Cutler, and he was definitely missed.

Campbell has been able to work with Jeffery and Marshall a lot this week.

“Campbell has had an excellent week of practice,” Smith said. “Normally, it works that way when you get reps and you know that you’re the guy. The rest of the crew will rally around him.”