Bears wide receiver Cam Meredith, who threw out the first pitch at the White Sox game Wednesday, hurt his thumb Thursday. (AP)

Bears WR Cam Meredith injures thumb in OTAs

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Receiver Cam Meredith is expected to miss the rest of the Bears’ offseason practices this month after sources said he injured a thumb ligament during organized team activities Thursday.

Meredith’s injury still was being evaluated, but it’s not thought to be particularly serious. That bodes well for his participation in training camp, which starts in late July.

Meredith, who caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns last season, might be the Bears’ top receiving option entering the season. While he’ll miss practice reps with new quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky during the rest of OTAs and the Bears’ three-day mandatory minicamp this month, the injury won’t prevent him from doing conditioning work.

On Tuesday, newly signed receiver Victor Cruz praised Meredith, a former quarterback at Illinois State, who signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent two years ago.

‘‘I think he’s very fluid, and he’s a big target and can go up and get the ball and runs really good routes,’’ Cruz said.

Meredith is the second Bears player to suffer a notable injury this week. Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez hurt his left knee Tuesday, prompting the Bears to pull back Connor Shaw from waivers.

On Wednesday, Meredith threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox-White Sox game.

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