Jeffery getting 'better,' but still inactive

November, 1, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears rested linebacker Brian Urlacher and defensive end Julius Peppers during Thursday’s practice, and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott missed with a groin injury that shouldn’t affect his availability for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

In other injury news, linebacker Lance Briggs (toe) participated in Thursday's workout in a limited capacity.

“We held out Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher like we normally do,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Lance Briggs’ toe was hurting him a little bit, so he was limited today. So we’re in decent shape.”

Tight end Matt Spaeth, who worked in a limited capacity on Wednesday, participated fully in Thursday’s practice.

Rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery was the only other player listed on the injury report this week, and the club declared him out for Sunday’s game. Jeffery will miss his third game since breaking his right hand on Oct. 7 during the fourth quarter of the team’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although Jeffery’s injury didn’t require surgery, the receiver has been wearing a cast on his right hand.

The club’s third-leading receiver (14 catches, 184 yards and two touchdowns), Jeffery is expected to return in the next couple of weeks.

Smith continues to say Jeffery “is getting better” but hasn’t given a real timetable for his return to the lineup because of the fluid nature of the receiver’s recovery.

On Thursday, the Titans held out cornerbacks Patrick Bailey (ribs), offensive guards Leroy Harris (knee) and Steve Hutchinson (not injury related), offensive tackle David Stewart (knee), and linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle).

Tennessee listed quarterback Jake Locker (shoulder) as participating in a limited capacity along with cornerback Tommie Campbell (ankle), offensive tackle Michael Roos (abdomen), safety Michael Griffin (hip), and center Fernando Velasco (concussion).

Receivers Kenny Britt (knee) and Nate Washington (knee) participated fully on Thursday, as did defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (toe) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (hamstring).

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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