Marquess Wilson, Eddie Royal back at practice

Chicago Bears wide receivers Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson returned to practice today, although two offensive starters were held out.

The Chicago Bears finally got some good news on the receiver front today, as both Marquess Wilson (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (hip) returned to practice.

Head coach John Fox would not elaborate on any injuries but Wilson and Royal were participating in team drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Both players missed the last two preseason games due to their respective injuries.

This is a positive step forward for Chicago's offense, which has been without its top four wide receivers for most of the preseason - and will continue to be without first rounder Kevin White for at least the first six weeks of the season, if not the whole year.

Unfortunately for the Bears, No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery was not practicing. We're now entering the fourth week of Jeffery's absence and the team still considers him "day to day." If Jeffery doesn't step on the practice field this week, it'll be very unlikely he suits up against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Also missing from practice was LT Jermon Bushrod, who is dealing with a back problem. Don't be surprised if this injury lingers throughout the year. If Bushrod can't go this week, Charles Leno will likely get the start at left tackle.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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