Although Jeffery won't play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, he should be ready to go the following week against the Houston Texans. If for some reason he can't play then, he'll be a lock in the lineup Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The rookie playmaker has been absent since suffering a broken hand on a play where he scored a touchdown on Oct. 7 in Jacksonville two weeks ago.
Head coach Lovie Smith likes that Jeffery has remained in shape and should be ready to be plugged into the lineup when his hand heels.
"I just know what he's doing," Smith said. "First off you have to stay in the game mentally, and he's doing that in meetings and even watching the game on the sidelines. (An injured player) can watch the game from a different perspective to help (his) game. Also, he's staying in shape, keeping conditioning up.
"He's doing all the things you can do if you're injured, and to be a good pro for years to come. You're going to have an injury, you're going to have to deal with it, so you're going to have to learn this routine, which he's doing. No complaints about him at all. Can't wait to get him back out there."
Chicago hopes that through the extra film sessions and watching the game from a different angle that Jeffery can go out and make an impact when he gets on the field.
Jeffery is third on the team with 14 receptions and second with 184 receiving yards, and he has scored two touchdowns. He provides quarterback Jay Cutler with another big target opposite Brandon Marshall in the red zone where the offense has had struggles, ranking 22nd. Getting Jeffery back in the mix when the schedule presents teams with strong records should be a boost.Tags: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Houston Texans, Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans