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Report | Bears WR Markus Wheaton to miss several weeks

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (25) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

After missing the first two games of the regular season due to a broken finger suffered during training camp, Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton could be sidelined for an extended period due to another injury.

According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Wheaton reportedly has a tear in his groin and could miss anywhere from four to six weeks of action as a result. According to the Bears injury report, Wheaton was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice.

The report regarding Wheaton’s injury comes one day after wide receiver Tanner Gentry was promoted from the practice squad to the Bears’ 53-man active roster. Gentry and fellow rookie Mitchell Trubisky, who was moved into the starting quarterback position on Oct. 2, worked well together during the preseason.

Should Wheaton be sidelined as reported, players such as Gentry and Tre McBride III will have the opportunity to step forward as backups at the wide receiver positions. Wheaton, who did not catch a pass in his first two games for the Bears this season, caught one pass for 9 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Kendall Wright and Joshua Bellamy are the starters per the team’s unofficial depth chart, with Wright having caught 18 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown and Bellamy having 10 receptions for 114 yards through the season’s first five weeks. Running back Tarik Cohen leads the Bears in receptions with 25, and tight end Zach Miller is third on the team with 16.

Chicago is currently ranked 28th in the NFL in passing offense, averaging just 183 passing yards per game.



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