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Injuries to Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson test Bears depth

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery remains sidelined with an injured calf muscle. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Alshon Jeffery is expected to ramp up the rehab on his injured calf muscle this week, but the wide receiver did not practice on Monday, 12 days after hurting his calf muscle in a closed practice.

Jeffery has been listed as “day-to-day” since Aug. 12.

“He’s day-to-day,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “When they clear him medically and we feel that’s the smartest thing to do, he’ll be out there. I won’t be able to tell you until we get closer to game day.”

Third-year wideout Marquess Wilson (hamstring), safety Ryan Mundy (hip) and tight end Chris Pantale (illness) also sat out Monday.

With Jeffery, Wilson and first-round pick Kevin White unavailable, the Bears have been forced to get creative at wide receiver.

“I think it’s a challenge, but we’re not the lone rangers,” Fox said. “You read around the league, people get injured. It’s part of football, so you deal with it. It gives other guys opportunities to get a chance to look at them. The passing game is the passing game regardless of what people are there. I would expect for Jay Cutler to execute just I like I would Jimmy Clausen or whatever quarterback we put out there and whatever receivers we put out there.”

In other news, the Bears made a minor roster move, signing guard Lucas Nix to a one-year contract and waiving/injured offensive lineman Jason Weaver.

Nix appeared in 15 games with 10 starts over two seasons in Oakland (2012-13). He did not play football during the 2014 regular season.