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When will Gurode be ready to play?

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Larry discusses when Andre Gurode will join the offensive line rotation, when rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery will return from his knee injury and if tight end Matt Spaeth will be utilized more as a pass catcher.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

When is Andre Gurode expected to be in the offensive line rotation?

From Jake S. on Twitter

It's too early to tell at this juncture. I know the Bears put Andre Gurode through a strenuous workout in his first practice Wednesday, challenging him in one-on-one and team drills in full pads. They want to see how he responds physically given that he's 33 years old and hasn't played football since last season with the Ravens. Mentally, offensive line coach Mike Tice thinks that Gurode will make a very quick transition. Here's what Tice said Wednesday: "We're just trying to make sure that we can translate our language to his language. We call one thing one thing and he calls it another. Mentally, there's no problem. Physically, we'll see."

When will Alshon Jeffery be back? He's a monster.

From Evan H. on Twitter

The Bears haven't changed their timetable for Alshon Jeffery, who was ruled out 2-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last Wednesday. So the rookie receiver will be out another 1-3 weeks, which means he could return as early as a week from Sunday in Minnesota or perhaps the following Sunday when the Bears host the Packers at Soldier Field.

With Matt Spaeth catching a spectacular touchdown last Sunday and given his size, will the Bears use him more in the passing game?

From Leo W. on Twitter

I could see the Bears going to Matt Spaeth again in the red zone as they did in last Sunday's win over the Vikings, especially given his size. But offensive coordinator Mike Tice indicated Wednesday that the 6-7, 260-pounder won't be utilized in the downfield passing game, saying: "He knows what his role is and he accepts his role and he's going to be good at his role and that's not his role.

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