The Chicago Bears were going to get a boost at wide receiver with the addition of Dontrelle Inman, but it looks like two new wide receivers will join the mix on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets Wheaton was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, which suggests Wheaton will be ready to play against a Packers defense that has allowed 692 passing yards over the last two games. Thursday’s “full participation” is the first for Wheaton since injuring his groin four weeks ago and landing among the inactives for Week 6, 7, and 8. Getting Wheaton back into the lineup from an injury that was expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks could help the Bears’ passing offense grow. Wheaton, who has one catch this season, has missed five of the team’s first eight games in what has been an injury riddled season that featured an emergency appendectomy and a broken finger during training camp.
The news isn’t as good regarding inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, who did not practice at all as he recovers from a calf injury suffered during the team’s loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. Trevathan played through the injury, but it worsened in the days after the game and have caused him to be sidelined at practice.
Joining Trevathan among the non-participants are tight end Dion Sims (illness), offensive lineman Tom Compton (ankle), cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee), special teams ace Sherrick McManis (hamstring), and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring). Right guard Kyle Long (finger) was listed as a limited participant. He did not play through the injury sustained on the team’s first offensive drive against the Saints, but likely could have done so had John Fox not preferred to play a fully healthy player in his place.