After a month of workouts and Yoga, Bears’ Alshon Jeffery takes responsibility for suspension
LAKE FOREST – Good luck trying to get much out of him when discussing the supplement that took him away from Halas Hall for the past four weeks.
“I learned from it,” said Alshon Jeffery at his locker on Wednesday, his first public comments since getting suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league’s performance enhancers policy. “That’s all I can say.”
But the normally quiet Bears receiver was a little less coy about discussing what exactly he was doing during his nearly month away from the Bears.
“I did some Yoga,” said Jeffery. “Working out twice a day.”
Was this the first time he’d partaken in this more holistic form of exercise?
“I did it before but, I mean, I thought about it and I’m like ‘Why not, nothing else to do,” said Jeffery of his tangent into Yoga.
During that time the receiver had sometime to think about his taking of the mystery supplement and the effect it had on himself along with the team. Jeffery, the Bears’ No. 1 receiver, watched as the Bears lost three of the four games which he was out of the lineup.
All three of the defeats came by six points or less – including a three-point loss to the Lions this past week. Dropped passes on the final drive were critical to that defeat and the one on November 28th against the Titans.
Hard for Jeffery not to feel bad about that, right?
“I’m apart of the team, I want to say that I, I feel like if I was playing for some of those games, we would have had a different outcome, we probably would have won,” said Jeffery.
Not that the receiver had to come in and win over his teammates upon his return to the locker room. Jeffery said he took responsibility for his actions when talking to his teammates in his return to Halas Hall on Monday – and they were quick to forgive.
“We know he feels bad about what happened he didn’t need to say anything to us,” said quarterback Matt Barkley, who will finally get the chance to start a game with Jeffery by his side this Sunday at home against the Packers. “He just came back ready to go. That’s really all we wanted out of him was just not to miss a beat.
“It seemed like he came back better than before.”
That could help Jeffery in perhaps the biggest three games of his career. His franchise tag contract expires at the end of the season and he could use some additions to his resume to increase his chances for a major deal next season.
After making 174 catches and ten touchdowns between 2013 and 2014, missed games have slowed Jeffery’s production. Last year he was out seven contests to injury and four to the suspension this year, causing his two-year total for catches to drop 94 with just five touchdowns.
The suspension adds to an already disappointing season on the franchise tag, in which Jeffery is earning $14.599 million. He had just 40 catches in nine game for 630 yards an a touchdown.
“It is what it is, there is nothing I can do about it,” said Jeffery on his future. “All I can do is try to work hard. Hopefully whatever happens at the end of the season, it’s something good.”
Perhaps the Yoga provided the perspective needed for a critical stretch of the his young career.