The Bears have had the worst run of luck with injuries over the past few seasons, especially in 2016 when the Bears saw numerous key players miss significant time due to injury. The hope heading into OTA’s this past week was that the team would be able to remain as healthy as possible, but that hasn’t been the case unfortunately.
Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith will miss the remainder of OTA’s with a thumb ligament injury. Meredith joins Mark Sanchez on the list of Bears players already nursing injuries after the first week of the offseason program. Wide receiver Kevin White has also watched a portion of the offseason program from the sidelines so far this week, although Head Coach John Fox insists that White is healthy, but being cautious.
The third-year wide receiver is set to assume a much larger role for the Chicago Bears this season after a breakout sophomore campaign in 2016.
The local product caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns this past season, playing in 14 games for the Bears while Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal missed significant time with injuries and suspension. Meredith is slated to be the Bears number two wide receiver heading into the 2017 season, and is expected to be able to return to action by the start of training camp which kicks off on July 26.
The Bears have seen 33 players finish their season on the injured reserve list since current Head Coach John Fox took the reigns before the start of the 2015 season.