Royal (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports. Royal's absence will give quarterback Jay Cutler few options to work with in the passing game, as Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Martellus Bennett (ribs) on injured reserve and Zach Miller (toe) ruled out. It's expected that Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy will serve as the two starting wideouts, but neither makes for a strong fantasy play.
Royal (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Bothered by lower-body injuries for much of the season, Royal is now expected to miss another game due to an illness. With Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) on injured reserve, Jay Cutler is left with a wideout group comprised of Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith.
Royal (illness) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. After missing six of eight midseason games due to various injuries, Royal has been targeted 14 times over the last three outings, but his output (11 receptions for 67 yards) has been lacking, to say the least. The severity of his current illness will determine his number of practice reps this week, with Friday's injury report potentially providing some clarity into his Week 17 availability.
Royal secured five of his six targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Buccaneers. The veteran was the defacto No.1 receiver for Jay Cutler to start the ballgame, with Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sidelined for the sixth time this season. He secured five of six targets for the second straight game, but only managed a season-low 4.2 yards per reception. The eight-year veteran has endured an injury-riddled first season in a Chicago uniform, with hip, back, knee and ankle ailments causing him to miss six games. Royal was averaging a career-low 6.8 yards per catch coming into the Week 16 contest, and after tallying 15 touchdowns over his last two seasons in San Diego, his initial Bears campaign would have to be labeled an overall disappointment.
Royal (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. Royal is slated to start and will likely be joined in the lineup by Josh Bellamy, who is expected to fill in for the injured Alshon Jeffery (hamstring). Jeffery has assumed the brunt of the targets in the passing game in recent weeks, but his absence could equate to increased volume for Royal and tight end Zach Miller, as Bellamy and the other Bears' receiving options are fairly inexperienced. That being said, Royal's status as a slot man likely limits his upside, as he's failed to crack 60 receiving yards in any game this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|10||11/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|11||11/20||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|13||12/04||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|15||12/18||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|3 Year Avg||69||49||549||5||27||11.20||85|