Chicago Bears: Domenik Hixon’s Torn ACL Opens Door For Other Players
Tuesday marked the first day of organized team activities for the Chicago Bears, and things have gotten off to a bad start. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon tore his ACL during practice, giving a blow to the Bears’ depth on offense and special teams. This is Hixon’s third time tearing his ACL dating back to 2010, and will more than likely mark the end of his nine-year career.
The loss of Hixon will definitely open the door for a few players on the roster to show what they have for the remainder of OTAs and summer training camp. The more obvious opportunity is for second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson to become the Bears’ No 3 receiver. In 2013, Wilson only had two receptions for 13 yards, but Chicago’s coaching staff has all the faith in the world in his potential, and feels that he can complement receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, along with tight end Martellus Bennett.
Competition in the return game has lessened as well. Second-year running back Michael Ford now has a much better chance of making the 53-man roster just in case things don’t work out for him in the backfield. Ford could go into training camp as one of the favorites to win the spot as kickoff returner or punt returner over Eric Weems, Josh Morgan and Chris Williams.
This is certainly an unfortunate situation for Hixon and the Bears, especially with so much promise for the team going into 2014. Free agency is always an option that Chicago can use to fill the void, but I do feel that the Bears already have the personnel to keep things going forward smoothly from this point.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.