PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
6 days ago

Royal (concussion) took part in practice Saturday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The concussion protocol has been Royal's home for the bulk of training camp and the preseason slate, but he's progressed from work on the side before Thursday's preseason game in New England to Saturday's appearance in practice. Although his activity level is unknown, he has clearly taken a step in the right direction in his quest to be cleared of symptoms.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
1 week ago

Royal (concussion) hasn't returned to practice in full, but began working out on the side on Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Royal has been in the concussion protocol since Aug. 1, and should return to practice in full any day now. He's expected to be the Bear's No. 3 option at wide out, behind Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. His return to practice will mean a drop in reps for Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy, who were seeing significantly more time while Royal and Marquess Wilson (foot) were both sidelined.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
2 weeks ago

Royal is close to passing the NFL's concussion protocol, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being placed in the concussion protocol on August 1, Royal took part in a lengthy conditioning workout before the Bears' first preseason game Thursday. Based on the positive results of the workout, he could return to practice as early as this weekend. He'll be expected to handle the team's slot receiver duties when the regular season begins, and he'll look to put an injury-plagued 2015 behind him. The veteran receiver is basically free in fantasy drafts, and those playing in point-per-reception leagues with deep benches should consider taking a flier on him for depth purposes.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 weeks ago

Royal (concussion) is not practicing on Monday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Royal has yet to pass league protocol concussion tests, forcing him to remain on the sideline. The veteran is in danger of missing Thursday's preseason opener against the Broncos, which would give some of the younger wideouts extended opportunities on the field.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 weeks ago

Royal is currently going through concussion protocol, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Royal will be sidelined until his concussion symptoms disappear and he's able to clear protocol. While his absence will open opportunities to those behind him on the depth chart, Royal projects as the Bears' starting slot receiver in advance of the upcoming campaign.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
8 months ago

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

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.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
8 months ago

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

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.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
8 months ago

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

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.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
8 months ago

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

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.

PEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
8 months ago

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

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.