Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery return to Bears practice

Three Bears starters returned to practice today, including quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

The Chicago Bears welcomed back three starters to practice today: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery and DL Jeremiah Ratliff.

Cutler missed last week's contest due to a hamstring injury suffered in the second quarter of Week 2. He did a light workout before Sunday's contest against the Seattle Sehawks and threw today.

“I thought he had a good practice," head coach John Fox said. "He was limited. Obviously we’re trying to treat him and get him better as we move forward. Thought we had a good day today.”

Jeffery (hamstring/calf) missed the last two games and was limited today. Getting him and Cutler back would be a huge boost to a passing offense that mustered just 64 yards against the Seahawks.

Also limited was Ratliff - fresh off his three-game suspension - who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. If he can go, Ratliff will make his regular-season debut against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

“Anytime you miss time there’s a rust element," said Fox. "But he was injured awhile back along with the suspension so he’s coming back off that ankle. I thought he had a good day today.He’s one of our more experienced guys, someone who’s done it at the D-line position in this league longer. So obviously we welcome him back with open arms.”

DL Will Sutton left Sunday's contest with a biceps injury but was back at practice today in a limited fashion, which is a good sign. Also limited was DL Ego Ferguson (knee), while K Patrick O'Donnell (knee) did not practice.

LT Jermon Bushrod is still undergoing concussion protocol and did not practice. If he's unable to play, former seventh rounder Charles Leno will get his first career start at left tackle.


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