As reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the season of Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson is over, as he goes on Injured Reserve with a foot injury.
This is yet another devastating blow to a Bears pass-catching unit that has been destroyed by injuries in 2015 in ways that few previous units ever have. Wilson is the newest member of virtually an entire starting corps who will be watching Chicago from the sidelines. First-round draft pick Kevin White has missed his entire would-be rookie season after fracturing his left shin. Veteran Eddie Royal, who has only appeared in six games this season, is questionable to return in time for Chicago’s Sunday matchup against Washington.
Wilson had been taking full advantage of his opportunity to move up the depth chart. As a Bears’ seventh-round pick in 2013, Wilson had received limited playing time over the previous two seasons, catching a combined 19 passes for 153 yards. This season, Wilson’s 28 catches for 464 yards were first on the team in yards per reception and second in total yardage.
Established star Alshon Jeffrey has the team lead in wide receiving yards, with 690, even though he has played in only seven games. Jeffrey’s 98.6 receiving yards per game are third in the league, trailing only Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. Jeffrey is on pace to get to 1,000 receiving yards in only ten or eleven games — only one player has caught 1,000 yards in fewer games since 1970.