Marquess Wilson is happy to be back — again.
The fourth-year wide receiver, who has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list since the beginning of training camp, practiced for the first time Monday since re-fracturing his left foot in mini-camp in June.
“I thought he looked pretty good,” coach John Fox said.
“I’m excited to be back with the team,” Wilson said. “It’s been a work-in-progress, getting back out there, just having fun.”
The Bears have a 21-day window to put Wilson on the 53-man roster. He could play Sunday against the Buccaneers, but he’s got a long way to go, having been out since June. He said after practice he had “no idea” if he could play Sunday. “That’s out of my control. You’ve got to ask coach [Fox] on that one.”
Wilson said he feels 100 percent and is not concerned about re-injury. He initially suffered a broken foot in practice last Dec. 2 and missed the final five games of the 2015 season. He also missed the first nine games of the 2014 season with a broken clavicle.
“There’s no pain. I’ve just got to trust it,” Wilson said. “It’s out of my control. I’ve got to give my faith to God and just trust that he has my back. There’s no doubt in my mind it will hold up.”
The 6-4, 206-pound Wilson, a seventh-round draft pick out of Washington State by former Bears general manager Phil Emery in 2013, started to live up to his big-play potential last season. He caught 28 passes for 464 yards (16.6 avg.) and one touchdown — a clutch 22-yard reception from Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter that sparked the Bears’ 18-17 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Wilson had receptions for 50, 46, 40, 35 and 33 yards last season before re-fracturing his foot.
After three rehabs, it’s never easy to come back.
“It’s disappointing to be hurt and let your teammates down,” he said. “It’s just a blessing to be back on the field.”
Wilson was appreciative of the Bears’ giving him that opportunity. After three major injuries, the Bears could have cut him. Instead they put him on the PUP list and gave him one more chance.
“It means a lot,” Wilson said. “It shows that they have trust in me and I greatly appreciate it. I’m just looking forward to being back on the field and [giving] it my all.”