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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
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Markus Wheaton (finger) has been removed from the Bears' Week 3 injury report.
Wheaton will make his 2017 debut against the Steelers, and should immediately slide in as the Bears' No. 2 receiver against his old team. In theory, there will be targets aplenty, but Wheaton offers little upside with Mike Glennon under center. Sep 21 - 2:45 PM

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The Bears are "hopeful" Markus Wheaton (finger) will make his season debut against the Steelers in Week 3.

He was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. It's taken Wheaton over a month to recover from a broken pinkie but the Bears are confident this will be the week he finally returns to action. He'll join a depleted receiving corps featuring spare parts like Kendall Wright, Keonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy.
Sep 20 - 5:52 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for Week 2 against the Bucs.

Wheaton appeared to be on track to return until late in the week. His continued absence leaves the Bears direly thin at receiver. Also inactive for the Bears are QB Mark Sanchez, CB Prince Amukamara, DB Deon Bush, RB Benny Cunnigham, DL John Jenkins and LG Kyle Long.
Sep 17 - 11:32 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport considers Markus Wheaton (questionable, finger) a "much longer shot" to play than Jordan Howard (questionable, hamstring) Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Wheaton has been practicing on a limited basis since last week but from the sound of it, he isn't ready for game-action yet. That means the Bears, who are already playing without Cameron Meredith (knee) and Kevin White (shoulder), are going to be extremely short-handed at receiver. Expect Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson and Tarik Cohen to be Mike Glennon's top targets on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 8:30 AM

Markus Wheaton (finger) is questionable for Week 2 against the Buccaneers.

He put in a limited week of practice. Wheaton has a good chance of suiting up for Week 2 and could be thrust into a big role with Cameron Meredith (ACL) and Kevin White (shoulder) both sidelined.
Sep 15 - 1:49 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Wheaton sat out the opener but should be ready for Week 2 against the Buccaneers. The Bears desperately need bodies with lead receivers Cameron Meredith (ACL) and Kevin White (shoulder) both on I.R.
Sep 14 - 2:39 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.

Wheaton returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out most of camp with a broken finger but couldn't get the green light for Week 1. Chicago's receiving corps is embarrassingly thin right now with Cameron Meredith (torn ACL) out for the year and Kevin White on injured reserve with a broken shoulder blade. Running back Tarik Cohen led the team in targets (12), catches (eight) and receiving yards (47) in last week's opener.
Sep 13 - 5:15 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 1 game against the Falcons.

Wheaton returned to practice this week after suffering a broken finger early on in training camp. He's on the mend but it's looking like he won't be game-ready for at least another week. Kevin White and Kendall Wright will operate as the Bears' lead receivers in Sunday's opener.
Sep 10 - 9:25 AM

Markus Wheaton (finger) is questionable for Week 1 against the Falcons.

Wheaton returned to a limited practice Thursday after missing most of camp with a broken finger. Beat writer Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune said he'd be "pleasantly surprised" if Wheaton was available for Sunday's opener. We'd consider him closer to doubtful than probable.
Sep 8 - 1:40 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) was limited at Thursday's practice.

It's an upgrade from Wednesday's DNP. The Bears could be easing Wheaton into practice with an eye toward returning in Week 2. He's not currently on the re-draft radar.
Sep 7 - 2:45 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Wheaton's been dealing with a broken finger for the past few weeks and won't be ready for Sunday's opener against the Falcons. With Cameron Meredith (torn ACL) out for the year, Kevin White and Kendall Wright will be the featured receivers in Week 1.
Sep 6 - 5:45 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) is expected to miss another 1-2 weeks.

That makes him doubtful for Week 1 against the Falcons. Wheaton suffered a broken little finger close to three weeks ago. With Wheaton still sidelined, Kevin White and Kendall Wright are the Bears' top two receivers followed by a cast of misfits and special teamers. The Bears will eye help this weekend.
Sep 1 - 9:12 AM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton has a broken finger on his left hand.

Some receivers play through broken fingers, while others like Wheaton's ex-Steelers teammate Sammie Coates can't. It's unclear how much time Wheaton will miss. He already missed two weeks of camp after an appendectomy.
Aug 13 - 2:31 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton is participating in practice for the first time since his appendectomy.

Wheaton will look to fight for the No. 3 job with Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright. The missed time hurts, but he also got $6 million guaranteed in March. He still looks like the favorite.
Aug 12 - 2:10 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton will miss the next two weeks of training camp following his July 30 appendectomy.

All told, the operation will end up costing Wheaton nearly three weeks of camp with his new team. Wheaton has a bigger contract than Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright, but none of them is assured to be the Bears' No. 3 receiver. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are the best bets for fantasy relevance in Chicago.
Aug 2 - 3:07 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Mitchell Trubisky
3Mark Sanchez
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Benny Cunningham
4Taquan Mizzell
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Tarik Cohen
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Kendall Wright
2Markus Wheaton
WR21Deonte Thompson
2Josh Bellamy
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Dion Sims
2Zach Miller
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Kyle Long
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
RG1Josh Sitton
2Tom Compton
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tom Compton
K1Connor Barth