Bears WR Alshon Jeffery seems good to go after breaking hand
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org November 16, 2012 11:14PM
After missing four games, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery appears ready to return against the 49ers. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:43PM
It looks like quarterback Jason Campbell will have another big target to go with receiver Brandon Marshall when he starts in place of the concussed Jay Cutler on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
For the first time since breaking his right hand Oct. 7 in Jacksonville, 6-3, 216-pound rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery fully participated in practice Friday at Halas Hall. Coach Lovie Smith said it would be huge if Jeffery could play.
“Alshon was playing great ball when he hurt his hand,” Smith said. “Another big target. Another guy for Jason to throw to if it comes to that. Another guy with some size to block if we lean more toward the run.”
Jeffery, who has missed the last four games, has 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He should alleviate some of the demands on Marshall, who has faced plenty of double teams.
“It will just help, period, getting a guy like that back,” Marshall said. “He’s a great talent. Whenever you have a guy like that on the field, it just opens it up for the other guys.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said there have been no setbacks for Jeffery since he rejoined practices earlier this week.
“He’s taking his reps,” Tice said. “It’s very, very encouraging.”
Harbaugh is ‘full-go’
In a conference call with Chicago media, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he’s “full-go” and 100 percent after being treated for an irregular heartbeat and missing practice Thursday.
“It was an irregular heartbeat where they had to do a little procedure, a cardiovert, to get it back to normal,” said Harbaugh, who added that he was treated for an atrial flutter 13 years ago.
On the D-line
Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin (concussion) has been ruled out for the 49ers game. Defensive lineman Amobi Okoye is expected to take his place in the defensive-line rotation.
Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina missed practice again with a calf injury, and linebacker Brian Urlacher (coach’s decision) was held out.
Quarterback Alex Smith (concussion) of the 49ers was limited in practice but is expected to start.
“They go through the process of the concussion progression,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going through that right now.”