The all-too-familiar injury bug hit Chicago Bears camp once again on Sunday afternoon when the team announced that newly signed wide receiver Markus Wheaton broke his finger this morning during practice.
The injury came on the receiver’s first day back at practice since July 30 after he underwent an appendectomy procedure. Wheaton, who was acquired as a free-agent in the offseason has already missed substantial time during his Bears tenure, missing the brunt of the spring camps and practices while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair an injury he suffered during the 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Hopefully it won’t be too big of a setback,” Head Coach John Fox Said. “He’s a great kid,” Fox said. “He works really hard. He’s a great teammate. He does have downfield speed that we saw earlier in the offseason, and hopefully we get to see it here pretty soon.”
Wheaton was added this past spring to add an addition deep threat to compliment Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. The Bears signed the 26-year old receiver to a two-year, $11 million dollar deal with $5 million dollars guaranteed.
Eddie Jackson Continues to Impress
In other Bears news, rookie safety Eddie Jackson was rewarded for a solid showing thus far with more first team reps in practice this weekend. After Jackson made his NFL debut on Thursday night in the team’s first preseason game of the 2017 season, his first game action since October 22, 2016 when he broke his leg with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Jackson had this to say about his performance, “It felt pretty good,” said Jackson, “It gives you your confidence back, especially after the injury. I enjoyed it.”
Jackson has impressed throughout Bears camp, displaying excellent speed, awareness and a keen ability to be around the ball regularly. Bears Head Coach John Fox had this to say about the rookie safety, “He missed a lot of the offseason, but he’s got a really good football IQ,” said coach John Fox. “I think you saw his return skills. We averaged 10-plus yards in our punt return, which we were a non-factor a year ago. All-in-all I think he’s just going to continue to improve.”
Jackson had this to say about his first team reps to this point in Bears camp, “It’s pretty cool,” Jackson said. “It’s helpful just being out there with the older guys, the vets, and seeing how things work and also being out there next to Quintin Demps. Going out there and getting a feel for things and being in with those guys, it felt good.”
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Jackson will challenge newly signed veteran safety Quintin Demps for the starting role throughout the remainder of camp and the preseason schedule, and will likely play a key role in the secondary and the special teams unit this season.
The Bears claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo off of waivers this afternoon. Aguayo, a former second-round selection by Tampa Bay was an All-American at Florida State, and likely will benefit from a change of scenery, or at least the Bears hope that he will.
Aguayo is now guaranteed his 2017 base salary of 428,000 by the Bears, whether he makes the team or not. Aguayo will compete with veteran kicker Connor Barth for the starting job over the next three weeks. The move is a low-risk move that could parlay into the Bears netting a young kicker with an excellent boot.