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Bears WR Markus Wheaton diagnosed with broken finger

Jul 29, 2016; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) participates in drills during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

In just his second practice back after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, new Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton went down to injury on Sunday.

There were no immediate updates on Wheaton’s injury, but he was forced from practice.

The good news here for Chicago is that it appears the receiver’s injury has nothing to do with the appendectomy he underwent late last month.

Head coach John Fox indicated following practice that Wheaton broke a finger on his left hand.

This will likely sideline the free agent acquisition for some time, but there’s no real reason to believe he won’t be ready for the regular season.

Wheaton, 26, signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Chicago back in March. He’s expected to fill the void left by Alshon Jeffery, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency.

Wheaton was limited to just three games with the Pittsburgh Steelers due to injury last season. Though, the former Oregon State standout is one year removed from putting up 749 yards for the Steelers. He figures to play a big role on Chicago’s revamped offense this season.

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

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“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi