Marquess Wilson has surgery

Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson had surgery this morning for a broken collarbone. In his absence, the team will sign a free-agent pass catcher within the next 48 hours.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured his clavicle diving for a pass during yesterday’s practice. Wilson had surgery to repair his collarbone this morning.

“He did have surgery. Surgery was this morning,” GM Phil Emery said today. “We’ll see how he heals and we’ll make decisions moving forward based on how he progresses.”

Wilson was arguably the most impressive receiver during training camp – which is saying something considering the company he keeps – so the injury will definitely hurt the Bears’ passing attack.

“It’s tough. He was having a heck of a camp,” Jay Cutler said. “I feel bad for him but the good thing is, we’ll get him back.”

The recovery time for a broken collarbone varies but it’s expected Wilson will miss at least the start of the regular season.

The Bears are now in the process of finding Wilson’s replacement. To that end, the coaching staff rotated Josh Morgan, Eric Weems, Chris Williams and Micheal Spurlock with the first team today.

“We’ll see what happens throughout the preseason,” said Cutler. “We’ll get through some of these games and get some guys on film and you never know who is going to step up.”

The Bears are also in the market for a wide receiver to fill Wilson’s roster spot while he’s on the shelf.

“We’re on top of that. I think you’ll see some resolution in that over the next 48 hours,” coach Marc Trestman said after practice. “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.”

The club has a number of options from which to choose but none are at Wilson’s talent level. The drop off in production will be substantial until Wilson returns.

“He brought a lot,” Trestman said. “We’re going to let things take its course. Guys make the team in practice and they continue to get graded through the games. I think we’ll have some different questions next week as we see how the game unfolds on Friday night and through training camp. We want to see guys who can make plays and take care of the ball, protect the ball, know what to do and how to do it at the right time — just like we ask of each and every player at their position and we’ll see what happens through the week and the rest of camp.”


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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