Marty Booker struggled pulling his clothes on in the locker room after the game Sunday, and his worst fears have been realized by X-rays. A source close to the player revealed that Booker suffered a cracked rib when he was tackled by Jacksonville cornerback Brian Williams and linebacker Clint Ingram. The injury happened at the end of a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 23-10 victory.
Booker finished with three catches for 28 yards after missing two games with a bone bruise in his knee and going catchless through three games when he tried to play through the injury. The three receptions tied him with Curtis Conway for the third-most in franchise history with 329. He's 27 behind Johnny Morris in second place.
The injury is not expected to end Booker's season and it will become a matter of being able to play through the pain. Wide receiver Devin Hester missed one game earlier this season with a rib cartilage injury. Booker played a bigger role against the Jaguars as the struggling passing game came back to life. He saw considerably more playing time than Brandon Lloyd, who's been virtually invisible since returning from his knee sprain.
There are two wide receivers on the practice squad in Mike Hass and John Broussard, and cornerback Rudy Burgess was first announced as a wide receiver when he was signed last month.