The Chicago Bears face a decision this afternoon that could define their season. The team has until 3 p.m. to decide whether or not they will place injured wide receiver Marquess Wilson on the injured reserve with a designation to return and open another roster spot or leave Wilson on the active roster knowing he will miss the next month.
If Wilson is placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return, he will not be available to return to practice until Week 7 and would not be able to return to game action until Nov. 9 when the Bears play at the Green Bay Packers after their bye week. Also the team only has one designated to return tag to use each season; should they use it now with Wilson and another key starter goes down early in the season, the Bears would not be able to use the tag again.
It is almost a no-brainer for the Bears to keep Wilson on the active roster. He will be ready to return in just over a month, would be able to practice prior to that and would be in game shape much sooner than Week 7. And while Wilson remaining active would take away a roster spot that could be used to bolster another position, his replacement Santonio Holmes isn’t exactly young anymore. At 30 years old, the former Super Bowl MVP is reliable as long as he can remain healthy. Should the injuries begin to pile up for Holmes after a few weeks, the Bears would then be able to start working Wilson back into the offense, giving Holmes time to rest and heal up before the late-season playoff push.
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