When Javon Wims went down with an injury in the second quarter of the Bears’ win against the Cowboys last Thursday, the worst-case scenario went through your head. And that’s understandable.
But while the injury to Wims’ knee was enough to keep him out of the second half, it might not be a season-ender.
An update from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport:
Injury updates from last night:
— #Bears WR Javon Wims has a slight knee sprain, source said. Nothing major.
— #Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson’s ACL is intact & no surgery for him, sources said. But he has a knee sprain & is a candidate for Injured Reserve based on the time of year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2019
Rapoport reports Wim’s injury as a “slight knee sprain,” according to a source. Further, he adds that the injury is nothing major. Easy for him to say … it’s not his knee. But all things considered, it could have been worse for Wims. The injury didn’t look good from the outset and it was easy to fear the worst from the get-go. But early reports sharing good news on Wims are encouraging, to say the least.
A timetable for Wims’ return is still uncertain, but his status and progress is worth watching. The Bears were already without Taylor Gabriel, who remained in concussion protocol for a second consecutive week.
If neither Gabriel nor Wims can give it a go next Sunday against the Packers, rookie Riley Ridley – who just snagged is first catch as a professional against the Cowboys – is the next man up on the depth chart. And if it comes down to it, the Bears could deploy more sets featuring Tarik Cohen as a receiver or a tight end such as Jesper Horsted or J.P. Holtz split out wide. But we will cross that bridge when we get closer to turning the page to Packers Week Part II.