The Chicago Bears passing game could soon receive a significant boost as WR Marquess Wilson returned to practice today.
Wilson broke his foot in June during mandatory minicamp and has been on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list ever since.
The Bears now have 21 days to decide whether to activate Wilson or end his season.
"He did start his 21-day window today," head coach John Fox said. "I thought he looked pretty good."
Fox said the decision to activate Wilson's three-week practice window came during the bye week.
"During the bye week, he was with the trainers for most of that," said Fox. "I think he had a good window there and they elected to put him out there today and I thought he looked good."
Chicago's receiving corps have been hit hard by injuries this season. Alshon Jeffery has been dealing with leg injuries, Kevin White is on IR and Eddie Royal has already missed two games.
If Wilson (6-3, 207) is activated, his presence will strengthen a receiving unit that has been inconsistent, at best, this season.
The next eight weeks are big for Wilson, the club's 2013 seventh-round pick, as he's struggled mightily to stay on the field his first four years in the league. His rookie contract expires after this season, so he'll need to stay healthy and productive down the stretch to earn a second contract in Chicago.
Wilson is only 24 and has good size, speed and hands. If he can be a playmaker over the second half of the season, he'll garner some free-agent attention this upcoming off-season.