The Chicago Bears can’t catch a break these days when it comes to the rash of injuries that have crippled them over the past few seasons. Thursday brought more bad news on the injury front, depleting an already incredibly thin wide receiver corps. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reported this evening that Markus Wheaton has been diagnosed with a groin tear.
Wheaton, who has battled injuries since signing a two-year deal with the Bears this spring is expected to miss four to six weeks of action as a result of his latest injury.
The Chicago Bears, already limited at the wide receiver position will now lean heavily on Kendall Wright and a group of practice squad level wide receivers as they prepare for their Week Six match-up with the Baltimore Ravens. The Bears have now lost Cameron Meredith, Kevin White and Markus Wheaton to long-term injuries at the receiver position and have been depleted on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line with injuries.
The injury epidemic under John Fox and the current training staff can be read about in Tim Moran’s editorial on the Bears rampart injury problems here.
While Wheaton has struggled since returning from a broken finger suffered during the preseason (1 catch for nine yards on nine targets, over the course of three games) the veteran receiver was still seen as a potential deep threat for rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky moving forward.
Tanner Gentry was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday morning, and will likely be involved in the Bears offensive game-plan this week along with Wright and Tre McBride. John Fox and Dowell Loggains will have to involve tight-ends Zach Miller and Adam Shaheen in the game-plan more frequently if they hope to see success from Mitch Trubisky and the passing game.