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Bears put Wilson on short-term injured reserve

The Chicago Bears on Tuesday placed receiver Marquess Wilson on injured reserve with a designation for return. It's a disappointing -- but not unexpected -- move for the second-year pro, whom the Bears had hoped could be their No. 3 receiver. Now, Wilson must miss at least the first eight games of the season.

The Bears replaced Wilson on the active roster Tuesday by re-signing cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who had his contract terminated on Saturday during the team's final cutdown

By rule, Wilson is now ineligible to play until the Nov. 9 game against the Packers in Week 10. He is ineligible to practice until the start of Week 7, which would be Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Each NFL team is permitted to put a player on injured reserve with a designation for return only once per season. So Tuesday's decision on Wilson takes away that option for anyone else that might get hurt during the 2014 campaign.

Wilson, a seventh-round draft pick in 2013, suffered a broken right collarbone diving for a pass in practice on Aug. 4. He had surgery the following day.

The Bears consider him a smooth strider and natural catcher of the ball. Although he had only two catches for 13 yards as a rookie, the Bears promoted him to No. 3 receiver this offseason. The team signed several veterans to push him for that spot but a competition never materialized. And as the season opener with the Bills approaches, veteran Santonio Holmes appears to be in line to hold down the team's No. 3 receiver spot.

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