IR was Meredith's final destination since he tore the ACL in his left knee in preseason Week 3. In addition to the ACL, he's also tending a minor tear in his MCL, which could serve to extend the rehab process. With Meredith out of the picture in 2017, the Bears will trot out a receiving corps headed by Kevin White, Markus Wheaton (finger) and Kendall Wright after the release of Victor Cruz (knee).
While it has been confirmed that Meredith tore his left ACL, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune relays that the wideout avoided further significant damage to his knee, thus paving the way for a potential return to the field as soon as late next spring.
Per the report, Meredith -- who is slated to be a restricted free agent after the season -- has a minor tear in his MCL, but there had been fears that the damage to his knee might be more severe and that the wideout could be facing a total knee reconstruction and lengthier rehab than the eight or so months he's now looking at. In the absence of Meredith, 2015 first-rounder Kevin White has an opportunity to make a fantasy splash this season atop the team's wideout depth chart, while Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson, Tanner Gentry, Titus Davis, Josh Bellamy and Victor Cruz are all looking to secure roster spots/roles in the offense in advance of Week 1.
Meredith will seek another opinion regarding his diagnosis of a torn ACL on Tuesday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
An initial MRI revealed an ACL tear, plus additional damage within his left knee, but Meredith will meet with a different doctor to hone in on the extent of the ailment. By all indications, no matter what else is discovered, the wideout is poised to miss the entire 2017 campaign. In his place, Kevin White glides into the top spot on the depth chart, which is also populated by the likes of Markus Wheaton (finger), Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz and Deonte Thompson.
Meredith (knee) likely tore his MCL in addition to his ACL, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This would be an unfortunate development for Meredith as a multi-ligament injury is more severe than a non-contact ACL tear -- like the one Patriots receiver Julian Edelman suffered Friday. That means Meredith could be at risk of missing the start of the 2018 season. However, the exact nature of Meredith's injury hasn't been confirmed by the team yet, so nothing's certain at this point.
Meredith's left leg was twisted awkwardly during a first-half reception Sunday, and he required a cart to leave the field. The injury comes on the heels of a 66-catch, 888-yard campaign on 97 targets, which placed him firmly at the top of the wide receiver depth chart throughout the offseason program. However, with one of the worst diagnoses feared, the oft-injured Kevin White elevates to the No. 1 spot in the Bears passing attack, while a slew of players will vie for reps behind him.
|4||9/28/17||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/26/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|