Marshall, Jeffery questionable for Sunday

The Chicago Bears will be without the services of Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson this week, while the status of receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are still up in the air.

Chicago Bears starting offensive linemen Roberto Garza (ankle) and Matt Slauson (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers. Neither player practiced this week, so this news is not surprising.

Michael Ola will take Slauson’s place at left guard, while Brian de la Puente will replace Garza at center.

Receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are listed as questionable.

Coach Marc Trestman said Marshall did not practice today.

"He just walked through,” Trestman said. “At best, it was a light jog."

Jeffery was a limited participant – it was the first time he’s practiced all week – and he did take reps during team portions of practice. Jeffery said he feels good but he’s still unsure if he’ll be active Sunday night.

"I feel pretty good, but practice and the game are different,” Jeffery said.

WR Josh Morgan (groin) is listed as doubtful, leaving just Santonio Holmes as the only healthy wide receiver on the roster.

Also out for the Bears on Sunday are FB Tony Fiammetta (hamstring) and QB David Fales (shoulder).

Trestman called the roster situation “fluid."

"The roster is really going to have to be fluid as we continue to determine where our players are," Trestman said.

Expect the club to make some changes to the 53-man roster in the next 48 hours. Most likely, C Taylor Boggs and WR Josh Bellamy will be activated from the practice squad.


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