It appears that Bears receiver Marquess Wilson will make his 2014 debut Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after the second-year pro was added to the 53-man roster Friday.
Wilson resumed practicing last week for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return.
Wilson performed well during offseason workouts and training camp before he got hurt and was expected to serve as the Bears’ third receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
“We saw it [in training camp] and we saw it in the spring,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He was ascending, was learning the offense, was involved in making plays out there for us, and we were excited about it. Him being up now, we’re optimistic that he’ll be in position to help us.”
The Bears cut Santonio Holmes earlier in the week and Josh Morgan is questionable, so WIlson may see significant playing time right away. The WR3 doesn't typically make a lot of plays in Marc Trestman's offense, but the team has been excited about Wilson since the preseason.
Nov 12, 2014 · 5:52 PM EST
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. The Bears cut Santonio Holmes, so if Morgan is out, Marquess Williams could return as the team’s WR3 in Week 11.
Nov 11, 2014 · 5:54 PM EST
The Bears on Tuesday waived veteran receiver Santonio Holmes.
Holmes appeared in all nine games this season, catching eight passes for 67 yards and averaging 5.6 yards on nine punt returns. The nine-year NFL veteran signed with the Bears Aug. 16, nearly two weeks after No. 3 receiver Marquess Wilson sustained a broken collarbone in practice.
WR Marquess Wilson, who was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return, resumed practicing last week and can be put back onto the active roster at any point through Nov. 26. He should step into the WR3 role and give the Bears a little more upside in the passing game.
Sep 12, 2014 · 7:30 PM EDT
Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 2. Marshall is no sure thing for Sunday night, but the feeling is that he will play. Marshall owners who want to wait should consider picking up Santonio Holmes to start in case Marshall is a scratch. Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Hakeem Nicks play in the Monday night game and could be used as Plan B-types for Marshall owners.