Marquess Wilson Not Expected Back "Til Mid-Season..........

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    Bears WR Marquess Wilson to be out until midseason

    By John Boarman on August 18, 2014@johnboarman
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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson is expected to miss at least half the regular season due to his broken right collarbone.

    According to a USA Today report, Wilson broke his collarbone in three seperate places. He is expected to miss 12-14 weeks and should start the season on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

    After Wilson went down with his injury the Bears quickly signed free agent Santonio Holmes to a contract. Holmes should have no problem claiming the No. 3 job until Wilson returns.

    Holmes had just 43 catches for 738 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games over the past two seasons while dealing with injuries.
     
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    Looks like the prognosis is now for him to be out until at least the bye week which further explains the signing of Holmes. I can see him and Morgan settling in as the #3 and #4 WR's with CWill as the #5 and the PR.

    Wilson will be put on that provisional IR/designated to return list which will keep him out for 8 weeks no matter what. No need to keep a roster spot open for him now. That's a matter they can deal with once he's ready to return.
     
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    I'm surprised, if they don't expect him back for that long, that they haven't pulled the trigger on the IR/Designated transaction. Why wouldn't we use the extra roster spot now to find a serviceable player...even if at a different position?
     
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    It's a shame because it may take a bit to get where he was, once he comes back.
     
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    It didn't look like much of a fall to break it in three places. Hopefully he's not brittle and can come back and be the player we all think he can be. Maybe some work with the black belt guy on how to fall properly would help.
     
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    I don't think they can until after the roster cut downs and he's on the 53 man roster. Then his 8 weeks becomes effective from that point on not from when the injury occurred. If they use the preseason designations my understanding is that a player must clear waivers before he can be reactivated. That pretty much precludes using IR for starters you want to return.

    They can only chose one player at a time to be designated that way and if I'm not mistaken that player does not count against the 53 man roster limit until the team announces he's ready to return which happens after he resumes practicing once 6 weeks of the regular season have passed.

    NFL rules

    A team may place a player on injured reserve (reserve/injured list) who is "not immediately available for participation with a club". Generally, these players may not practice or return to the Active List for the rest of the season (including postseason games or the Pro Bowl) that they are placed on injured reserve, but are allowed to be with the team.[2]

    During the preseason, the league also allows players with long-term, but not season-ending, injuries to be placed into one of two designations: physically unable to perform (PUP), for injuries sustained during the previous season or during training camp, or reserve/non-football injury, for injuries sustained outside of team or league activities (despite the name, this includes lingering injuries from college football play, should an injured player be drafted and join the team. Both designations are functionally identical in that the player can be promoted to the active roster by week 6 of the regular season or placed on injured reserve.

    Starting in 2012, the NFL and the NFLPA reached an agreement allowing one player placed on injured reserve to be brought back to the active roster.[3] Provided that the player was on the final 53-man preseason roster (A rule exempted for the 2012 season), and that the injury is deemed to keep this player unable to practice or play football for an estimated six weeks, the player may be allowed to practice after Week 6, and be activated to play after Week 8.[4]

    Teams may also place a player on injured reserve with a minor injury designation, but the team must release the player once he is healthy.[5]
     
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