Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (illness) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal secured five of his six targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Buccaneers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Royal, who practiced in a limited capacity all week, 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.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Official confirmation will arrive in advance of the Bears' 1:00 ET kickoff, but with fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery expected to be out, Royal figures to be in line for an expanded workload Sunday as long as his knee holds up.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Royal was limited by his sore knee at practice this week, but that has been the case often this season, so chances are favorable that he will see the field Sunday. Fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 16, so Royal figures to see a few more passes thrown in his direction as long as he is able to play.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Royal recorded five catches for 31 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, but it appears as if the 29-year-old receiver escaped the contest without further injuring his gimpy knee. More information regarding his status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers will likely arrive closer to the end of the week.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal reeled in one of his two targets in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Redskins, gaining 15 yards.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Bears employed three-receiver sets almost exclusively throughout the game, as Royal (53 snaps), the Bears' No. 2 wideout, and Marc Mariani (53 snaps), the No. 3 wideout, both saw equal playing time. While Mariani (two catches, 37 yards) outpaced Royal in production, it's likely that Royal will see more involvement of the two players in future weeks as he becomes further removed from the ankle injury. Even so, because of the extensive time he's already missed this season along with his limited upside as a slot receiver, Royal probably shouldn't be rostered in most formats.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 5 months ago

Royal (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Royal practiced all week in a limited fashion, but it appears he demonstrated that he's healthy enough to get back on the field after a five-game absence. It's expected that Royal will start and see the bulk of the snaps in the slot, but due to his extended absence, it wouldn't be a surprise if he saw a minimal target total Sunday.