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Just as soon as their con­cerns over new start­ing QB Mike Glen

non’s rough pre­sea­son were partly al­le­vi­ated with his best out­ing Aug. 27 against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans, an even big­ger worry emerged: No. 1 WR Cameron

Mered­ith suf­fered a sea­so­nend­ing knee in­jury.

Af­ter choos­ing not to re-sign Al­shon Jef­fery, the Bears used free agency to sup­ple­ment Mered­ith, their lead­ing re­ceiver in 2016. Ken­dall Wright and Vic

tor Cruz were signed to com­pete in the slot. Markus Wheaton would bring much-needed out­side speed along­side Mered­ith

and 2015 first-rounder Kevin

White. Tan­ner Gen­try was the in­trigu­ing un­drafted rookie.

But White has strug­gled, Wheaton missed most of the pre­sea­son, first for an ap­pen­dec­tomy and then for surgery to re­pair a bro­ken pinkie, and Cruz fell down the depth chart.

With­out Mered­ith, it’s fair to won­der whether the de­vel­op­ment of in­ex­pe­ri­enced Glen­non and, even­tu­ally, rookie Mitchell Tru

bisky could be stunted un­til de­pend­able wide­outs emerge.

Rookie watch: Gen­try, a ma­jor camp sur­prise, hauled in a 45-yard touch­down shortly af­ter en­ter­ing the game. … Tru­bisky got to work with the starters to open the third quar­ter. Af­ter go­ing three-and-out against Ten­nessee’s back­ups, he set­tled in nicely, find­ing Gen­try in stride for Chicago’s big­gest pre­sea­son of­fen­sive play.

Note­wor­thy: The Bears also lost CB Prince Amuka­mara (foot), OLBs Leonard Floyd (foot) and Dan Skuta (con­cus­sion) and long snap­per Pa­trick

Scales (knee) to in­juries.

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