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Bears WR Markus Wheaton suffers broken pinky finger

LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 06: Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton (12) participates in drills during the Bears team OTA workouts on June 06, 2017 at Halas Hall, in Lake Forest, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton broke his pinky finger during practice on Sunday, according to Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune. Head coach John Fox said it hopefully “won’t be too much of a setback.”

Wheaton has had hard luck with health issues recently.

Two weeks ago, the 26-year-old underwent an appendectomy. Last season, he played in only three games due to a shoulder injury.

Wheaton, who played his college football at Oregon State University, was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (79th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He played only sparingly during his rookie campaign, appearing in 12 games and catching six passes for 64 yards.

However, the following season, Wheaton was much more involved in the Steelers’ offense, registering 53 receptions for 644 yards and two touchdowns.

Then, in 2015, the Chandler, Ariz., native snared 44 balls for 749 yards while reaching the end zone five times.

He recorded just four catches for 54 yards and a score last year while dealing with the shoulder injury.

The Bears signed Wheaton to a two-year deal back in March.

He has joined a receiving corps that also includes the likes of Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz.

Chicago lost its first preseason game, 24-17, to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

The Bears will play their next preseason affair when they head on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Chicago went just 2-14 last year and has not made the playoffs since the 2010 campaign when it made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.

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