A torn ACL is about as detrimental as it gets for a knee injury, but there’s a caveat in the case of Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith.
While it was confirmed that the wide receiver indeed tore his ACL and will require replacement, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that doctors told Meredith on Tuesday that “other damage is minimal” and the prognosis is for a full return in perhaps only eight months.
While some teams lost key pieces during the preseason, the Bears watched their No. 1 receiver go down on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans with the gruesome injury. Meredith, 24, caught two balls for 44 yards in the contest to finish out the preseason — and season as a whole — with four receptions for 70 yards.
The Illinois State product was the fifth receiver on the depth chart leading up to the 2016 season. He responded with a fantastic campaign for a subpar offense as he hauled in 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns, a year after bringing down only 11 balls for 120 yards as a rookie.
The Bears receiving corps was already a thin unit heading into the season, making Meredith’s injury a tough pill to swallow. The offense still hasn’t received steady production from former first-rounder Kevin White, who has been limited to four total games over his first two seasons.
After losing Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles, the Bears brought in Markus Wheaton, Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright during the offseason to fill some voids at wide receiver.