Cameron Meredith Suffers Thumb Injury in Practice

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2017

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Cameron Meredith #81 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball after a catch against the Detroit Lions late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears receiver Cameron Meredith will miss the remainder of the offseason program after suffering an injury to a thumb ligament, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

He is expected to return for the start of training camp.

The 24-year-old is set to play his third season with the Bears after joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Meredith was one of the breakout stars of the 2016 season, leading the team with 66 catches for 888 yards in just 14 games. With Alshon Jeffery in and out of the lineup due to injury, he became a top option for all three quarterbacks who started in Chicago last year.

He also added four receiving touchdowns as well as one passing touchdown.

With Jeffery no longer with the team, Meredith is expected to once again be a go-to target for either Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky.

If the latest injury keeps him out for the start of the 2017 campaign, the Bears will have to rely upon the unproven Kevin White as well as Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright.