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Bears’ Marquess Wilson breaks right clavicle
BOURBONNAIS — The Bears’ first major injury of training camp is a doozy: Marquess Wilson, the heavy favorite to win the team’s third wide receiver job, broke his right clavicle during practice Monday at Olivet Nazarene University.
The Bears said there is no timeline for his return, but he figures to miss the start of the season, at minimum.
Wilson said he was hoping for a “speedy recovery,” and had not made a decision on surgery.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He was continuing to ascend.
“That’s football, unfortunately. We will pray for his recovery.”
Wilson dove for a deep pass down the right sideline from Jay Cutler during team drills, and stood up with his right shoulder slumped. He said he “couldn’t breathe” when he landed, and sat in pain for five minutes before being carted off the field.
The team’s receivers formed a circle and prayed for him soon thereafter.
“You’ve just got to look at it and you can’t be down on it,” Wilson said. “You’ve just got to feed off this and then come back even stronger. That’s what my plan is to do — come back stronger when I get healthy, and keep working.”
Trestman said that he generally advises against diving for passes in practice, but it was hard to dissuade players from doing so.
“That’s the hardest part about coaching in practice,” he said. “Diving for balls is one of the most difficult things not to do when you’re a competitive player.”
Wilson said it was “second nature” to dive for it, but also “probably shouldn’t have done it.”
Wilson had trained with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery during the offseason, prompting predictions of a solid season from both. As a rookie last season, the Washington State alum had two receptions, but the Bears were comfortable with him assuming the role of the departed — and still a free agent — Earl Bennett.
“Those are going to be some hard shoes to fill,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “It’s hard for a young man like that who’s been coming out and giving us everything he has every single day. he’s been making excellent plays and stepping up every time he has a chance, whether it’s a jump ball or assignments, where to be.
“He’s been helping some of the older guys get lined up sometimes.”