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Friday, November 9, 2012
Jeffery practices but doubtful vs. Texans

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced on a limited basis Friday for the first time since fracturing his right hand in an Oct. 7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jeffery is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans.

"It's always good just for him to get back out there," Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake said. "I'm just glad that he's making progress. Still has a ways to go, and we're not going to put him out there until he is ready. He has a bright future ahead of him so we're going to take our time and let the doctors determine when he can be out there. When that moment comes we'll get him going."

There is a chance Jeffery will be available when the Bears travel to San Francisco for a Monday night game against the 49ers on Nov. 19.

At the time of the injury, Jeffery was the Bears' second-leading receiver behind Brandon Marshall with 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He had his right hand placed in a cast following the Jacksonville game but did not have to undergo surgery.

Drake said Jeffery has stayed in shape despite missing the past three games.

"He understands and knows what he has to do," Drake said. "He's in there every day and on that treadmill doing the things he needs to do. He's eating right. He understands the process and is taking to heart the things he needs to do. When he gets out there he'll be ready to go."

Bears defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (calf) is also doubtful to face Houston, while defensive end Israel Idonije and defensive tackle Henry Melton are probable.

The Texans are calling tight end Owen Daniels (back) a game-time decision and have ruled out running back Ben Tate (hamstring) and nose tackle Shaun Cody (rib).