Bad news for the Bears as wide receiver Marquess Wilson has suffered a broken left foot, coach John Fox told reporters. That’s the same foot that Wilson broke in 2015 and that injury ended his season in December. Now, Wilson is scheduled to begin training camp on the active/physical-unable-to-perform-list and he could go into the regular season on the PUP list if he does not make a quick recovery.
The news is a significant blow to the Bears as Wilson turned in a career-high 464 yards off of 28 catches with a touchdown in 11 games last year. Wilson went under the knife to stabilize his foot towards the end of 2015 and another surgery is on the way for the 23-year-old (24 in September).
Wilson was widely expected to hold down the Bears’ fourth wide receiver spot in support of star Alshon Jeffery, blue chip prospect Kevin White, and veteran Eddie Royal. Now, the Bears will hope to see quality play out of Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith to help fill the void. The injury could also open things up for seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman and Marc Mariani.
If Wilson misses significant regular season time, the injury could impact his long-term prospects. Wilson is scheduled to hit the open market after the 2016 season and this year was a chance for him to prove that he can stay healthy for a full year and produce. Wilson missed the home stretch of the 2015 campaign with the aforementioned foot problem and a broken clavicle in 2014 limited him to just seven games.
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