After undergoing tests, including an MRI, rookie Major Wright's strained hamstring will need about a month to heal, according to a league source.
Wright suffered what is believed to be a second-degree hamstring strain Sunday in a 27-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. In the first quarter, on a punt return, Wright hustled from the middle of the field toward the left sideline, attempting to prevent Dez Bryant's 62-yard touchdown. But, around the 15-yard line, Wright pulled up and hopped a few times. Then, he slowly walked toward the Bears' sideline, barely putting any pressure on his left leg.
Wright is not expected to be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season. The timing, though, isn't too damaging because Craig Steltz, who missed more than a month with a high ankle sprain, is on the verge of returning to action.
In the season opener, Wright rotated at free safety with veteran Chris Harris with Danieal Manning starting at strong safety.
It is the third injury for Wright since joining the Bears. He missed a portion of training camp with a groin strain and broke his finger in the preseason opener. At Florida, though, Wright was very durable, not missing a game in his final two seasons and playing in one as a rookie with a cast on his hand.
"He hasn't been injury prone or anything like that," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Guys pull muscles. He was running hard trying to stop a touchdown. I can say those other injuries were not something that should be ever-lasting for him."
The Bears had high hopes for Wright, the team's top draft pick. But it'll be interesting on Monday night because the Green Bay Packers traded up to select Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett four picks ahead of the Bears in the third round. Burnett has started both games, and he has seven tackles and one interception.