John Fox understands frustration associated with Alshon Jeffery's injury


Chicago Bears coach John Fox admitted Monday that “it’s understandable” for people to be frustrated over Alshon Jeffery's four-game absence.

“The frustration level ... it's understandable on all sides,” Fox said. “Our medical people are doing everything in their power as well to get him back. We’ll see what this week brings.”

Jeffery has been limited at practice the last two weeks, but unable to dress on game day because of a strained hamstring he suffered prior to Week 2. This latest setback came on the heels of Jeffery sitting out the entire exhibition schedule with a severe calf injury.

The Bears and Jeffery were hopeful the 2013 Pro Bowl selection would return last Sunday in Kansas City, but Jeffery’s hamstring forced him to miss the Friday practice before the Chiefs game.

“I mean, it’s a process I guess,” Jeffery said last week. “I want to be out there too, but it’s a process. I mean, it’s a long season.

“It just comes with the territory of playing football. There is a 100 percent chance you are going to get injured.”

A free agent after the season, Jeffery has now failed to appear in 10 games in just under three-and-a-half seasons. He played much of last year with nagging injuries, but still caught 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Bears play at Detroit this weekend, then have a bye week. The odds look promising that Jeffery will either suit up at Ford Field on Sunday or following the bye versus Minnesota on Nov. 1.