The Chicago Bears are looking forward to having a revamped receiving corps this season, but they’ll have to make due for a while without one key player as Marquess Wilson fractured his foot on Tuesday.
Wilson, who missed the final five games for the Bears in the 2015 season while dealing with an injury to the same foot, is expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he could miss the start of the regular season after undergoing surgery on the injury.
In 11 games in 2015, Wilson had 28 receptions for 464 yards and one touchdown for the Bears, as he played a bigger role due to injuries to Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. He has played in 28 games in three seasons with the Bears, missing time due to injuries in all three of his campaigns with the team.
With Wilson out, the Bears will likely give looks to several young receivers who are hoping to make the team out of training camp. Seventh round pick Daniel Braverman is certainly one of them, as his abilities as a slot receiver and special teams ace will come in handy. Players like Cameron Meredith and Marc Mariani could also see an uptick in time, especially with the team likely relying less on tight ends this season with the departure of Martellus Bennett via trade.