The Chicago Bears announced that wide receiver Marquess Wilson has been placed on the injured reserve list with the designation of returning.
Wilson will now miss the first eight weeks of the regular season and be eligible to return for the Bears game against the Green Bay Packers on November 9.
With Wilson on the IR-return list, the Bears signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden to the active roster.
Wilson was poised to be the Bears’ slot receiver this season before fracturing his clavicle during training camp.
Veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to serve as the Bears slot receiver while Wilson recovers.
Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan also impressed during the pre-season with the Bears and likely will see some time during the season at the slot receiver position as well.
Hayden was among the Bears’ final cuts over the weekend.
When the Bears cut Hayden over the weekend, many were surprised by the move. While Hayden struggled during the pre-season and has had injury concerns over recent seasons, the veteran gave the Bears quality depth at the cornerback position. Depth that the Bears need with an aging Charles Tillman as one of their starting cornerbacks.
Hayden will likely serve as the Bears fourth cornerback with rookie Kyle Fuller being the team’s nickle cornerback.