The Chicago Bears got back to winning ways in week four thanks in large part to the return of one veteran offensive star.
But, whilst Jay Cutler will again be in the Chicago lineup for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it looks increasingly likely like the Soldier Field franchise will be kept waiting yet again on another key man.
Not looking good
That's after Alshon Jeffery, speaking via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, sounded less than optimistic when discussing his status for this weekend's game.
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“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” the wide receiver said after missing his second practice of the week.
“It’s a process. As a player, I want to be out there, too. But it’s a process. It’s a long season."
The 25-year-old has missed all but one of the Bears' games so far this season and, after failing to take to the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday this week, has only two full practice sessions under his belt since the 2015 campaign got under way.
With the NFC North franchise 1-3 so far this year, they are desperately in need of the pass-catching wideout. However, with 11 games to go after this weekend's action, it looks like Jeffery and the team are playing the long game when it comes to trusting his hamstring.
To make matters worse for John Fox and co., fellow receiver Eddie Royal has also missed practice this week through injury.
The only silver lining for Chicago? The Kansas City secondary looks weak enough right now that they might stand a chance even without their top two receivers.
Bears fans: Is Jeffery more important for Chicago than Forte? Have your say in the comments below...