Marquess Wilson injury clouds Bears wide receiver picture

August 4th, 2014 - 2:34 pm

The Bears received some discouraging news on Monday when wide receiver Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle following a dive for a catch.

The news was a bit of a bummer for many reasons, not the least of which is that it creates a void at the No. 3 wide receiver position. Wilson was entering his second season in the league amidst positive reviews. He spent the offseason training with fellow receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and put on extra size and strength. At 6-foot-4, Wilson was the fourth target of significant size — joining Marshall, Jeffery and tight end Martellus Bennett — that could have given quarterback Jay Cutler a stable of giants to throw the ball to.

Where the Bears go from here is uncertain. No timetable has been given for Wilson’s return. In my humble opinion, I don’t believe the Bears have a viable third option on the team. The franchise cut ties with Earl Bennett this offseason in a cost-saving move, one that opened the door for Wilson to make a name for himself.

Whether or not the Bears choose to find a player off the street or give a player currently in camp a shot at the job remains to be seen. Eric Weems, Josh Morgan, Josh Bellamy, and Chris Williams are all on the roster.