Alshon Jeffery returns to Bears practice

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who has been nursing a calf injury since training camp, practiced today for the first time since Aug. 12.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to practice today, after missing nearly a month due to a mild calf sprain.

Jeffery injured the calf during training camp on Aug. 12 and has not practiced since. He was not in full pads during the portion of practice open to the media but he did run routes with the receivers and did not look hampered at all by the injury.

“It was good. I thought it went well," head coach John Fox said after practice. "Our training staff felt he did well. We’ll see how he feels overnight tomorrow but it was encouraging to see him out there running routes.”

Jeffery is listed as Limited in the official injury report.

"He's got to be healthy [to play]," Fox said. "He hasn't been out here in a long time."

Jeffery had the back of his calf wrapped during practice but from what I saw, he did not appear hindered by the calf injury. He ran at full speed and was quick in and out of his cuts. He looked like the Jeffery old, which is great news for the Bears’ offense, whose importance to the offense cannot be overstated.

"Based on what I saw today, he was on top of it," said Fox. "Physically he looks like he's gaining ground."

Also practicing were Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson, so it appears the Bears could have their full complement of receivers – minus Kevin White obviously – during the regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

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