At least Cameron Meredith was able to get in that first pitch at Wednesday night’s White Sox game:
Bears WR Cameron Meredith suffered thumb ligament injury today, will miss off-season program, but expects to be ready for camp, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 1, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith injured his thumb on Thursday, one day after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday’s White Sox-Red Sox game. It’s an injury that will keep Meredith off the practice field for the remainder of the team’s offseason training program.
However, the injured ligament is expected to heal in time for the start of training camp in July. So there’s the good news in what otherwise is a tough break for an emerging receiver.
Meredith was the team’s best receiver in 2016, leading the Bears in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. His breakout season softened the blow when Alshon Jeffery missed time with a four-game PED suspension and when Kevin White missed all but four games with a leg injury.
The undrafted free agent from Illinois State is expected to be the team’s No. 1 receiver when the Bears report to Bourbonnais. Especially if he can get on the page with new quarterback Mike Glennon and the two can connect on some deep balls.
Meredith’s health is of the utmost importance for a group of receivers already seen as lacking talent and upside. Remember, Kevin White’s status was seen as up in the air recently – even though he said he felt good recently.
Hopefully Meredith heals up just fine and feels no ill effects.