Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) to play vs. Cowboys


Alshon Jeffery might be listed as questionable, but he won't miss Thursday's showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, shown exclusively on NFL Network.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the receiver will play, even though he's dealing with a hamstring injury, according to a source.

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Jeffery missed practice on Tuesday and was limited on Wednesday as the Bears prepped to face the Cowboys.

The 24-year-old wideout was the lone bright spot for Chicago's offense a week ago on Thanksgiving, catching 9 of 13 passes for 71 yards and two scores in the blowout loss to the Detroit Lions.

Jeffery leads the Bears with 854 yards receiving and has scored a touchdown in each of his past three games.

In last year's meeting against the Cowboys at Soldier Field, Jeffery caught five passes for 84 yards and a spectacular corner-of-the-end zone grab for a touchdown.

If Jay Cutler gets protection, Jeffery could be in for another giant game against Cowboys corners who can be taken advantage of by the bigger receiver.

Rapoport also reported that the plan is for Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) to play against his former team. Chicago will need his presence against the Cowboys' powerful run game. 

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