BOURBONNAIS -- The battle for the Bears' No. 3 wide receiver position took a turn for the worse when front-runner Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle while diving for a pass at the goal line late in Monday's practice.
A 2013 seventh-round draft choice out of Washington State, Wilson had put distance between himself and the other contenders for the top spot behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery with an impressive camp.
The Bears offered no timetable for the return of the 6-foot-4, 184-pound Wilson, although the injury usually isn't a season-ending one when it occurs this early.
"When things happen like this, you've just got to look at them and say it was in His plan," Wilson said as he exited the Olivet Nazarene University cafeteria with his right arm in a sling. "You've just got to keep faith and stick it out and pray for the best."
Coach Marc Trestman said his staff stresses to players that they should strive to stay off the ground, but those lessons are sometimes forgotten in the heat of competition.
"It was just second nature," Wilson said. "I look back at it and I probably shouldn't have done it. But it just happened."
With Wilson sidelined for at least the next several weeks, the competition for the third wide receiver spot will be fought among Josh Morgan, Chris Williams, Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock and Armanti Edwards. All but Morgan have been used primarily as special teams players throughout their careers.
Morgan has 199 career receptions for 2,488 yards in six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington.
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