Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Chicago Bears expected to add at WR
By Michael C. Wright
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears receiver Marquess Wilson underwent surgery Tuesday morning on his fractured clavicle, and with the potential high for him to miss time in the regular season, coach Marc Trestman indicated the club may look to add at the position.
“We’re on top of that,” Trestman said. “I think you’ll see some resolution in that over the next 48 hours. With the loss, we’re going to have to pick up a slot there. So we’ll be working on that as we move along, and the competition with who’s involved right now will continue.”
Wilson’s injury occurred on Monday during situational drills between the first-team offense and first-team defense. The scenario given by the staff was a fourth-down play to win the game. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler lofted the ball deep to an open Wilson, who was covered over the top by Ryan Mundy and underneath by Charles Tillman.
Wilson dived for the pass and landed awkwardly on the ball.
The team hasn’t given a timetable for recovery, with general manager Phil Emery only saying “we’ll see how it heals and we’ll make decisions moving forward based on how he progresses.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured clavicle last season, which didn’t require surgery, but forced him out of action for eight weeks. San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews suffered the same injury in his first preseason game of 2012, yet missed just the first two regular-season games.
Wilson’s surgery probably shouldn’t be seen as a negative since such procedures often help to stabilize the injury while promoting quicker recovery. Fracture healing typically takes in the neighborhood of six weeks.
With Wilson out, the Bears will look at the free-agent market while also taking a closer look at some of the players currently on the roster competing for reserve roles such as Josh Morgan, Chris Williams and Eric Weems as potential fill-ins at the No. 3 receiver position.
“I’ve said repetitively we’ll continue to look for players that will help our team,” Emery said. “It’s no different in this situation. We’re looking forward to seeing how the guys we have rise and compete for those spots. But we’ll also continue to look outside and see who else is available that could help our team win games.”