Wheaton may miss 6 weeks

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT - BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Re­porter Email: ajahns@ sun­times. com

Bears wide re­ceiver Markus Wheaton has a tear in his groin and could miss four to six weeks, league sources told the Sun- Times on Thurs­day.

Wheaton, who was await­ing fi­nal re­sults for an MRI exam, of­fi­cially was listed on the Bears’ in­jury re­port as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant be­cause of a groin in­jury. He was not in­cluded on the in­jury re­port on Wed­nes­day.

In March, the Bears signed Wheaton to a twoyear, $ 11 mil­lion deal, in­clud­ing $ 6 mil­lion guar­an­teed. He has been snakebit by in­juries since he ar­rived.

Wheaton un­der­went an emer­gency ap­pen­dec­tomy dur­ing the first week of train­ing camp in July. Once he re­turned, he broke his pinkie fin­ger catch­ing a pass.

He re­turned in time to face the Steel­ers, his for­mer team, in Week 3, but he strug­gled to make an im­pact.

Wheaton has one catch in three games — a nine- yarder on the fi­nal play of the Bears’ 20- 17 loss against the Vik­ings on Mon­day night. His hold­ing penalty — al­beit a ticky- tack one — also wiped out run­ning back Jor­dan Howard’s 42- yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Wheaton’s ab­sence leaves the Bears with only four healthy re­ceivers: Ken­dall Wright, Josh Bel­lamy, Tre McBride and Tan­ner Gen­try.

Vet­eran Deonte Thomp­son was cut Wed­nes­day af­ter Gen­try was pro­moted from the prac­tice squad. The Bears have two re­ceivers on the prac­tice squad: Mario Al­ford and Dar­reus Rogers ( who was signed Wed­nes­day).

The Bears’ re­ceiv­ing corps has been dec­i­mated by in­juries this year. Cam Mered­ith suf­fered a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his left knee in the Bears’ third pre­sea­son game. Kevin White suf­fered a bro­ken shoul­der blade in Week 1 against the Fal­cons.

Both play­ers are on in­jured re­serve, though White is the only po­ten­tial can­di­date to re­turn this sea­son.

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