Bears Rookie Kevin White to have leg Surgery, could miss season

by John Syders | Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Chicago Bears can’t seem to catch a break in all aspects of being an organization in the NFL. Their most recent disappointment comes in the form of a potential season ending injury to a key player going into this season.

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace announced mid-Saturday that wide receiver Kevin White, the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has a stress fracture in his shin that will require surgery. The West Virginia standout will start the season on the Bears “PUP” (Physically Unable to Preform) and will most likely be side-lined his entire rookie campaign.

Pace stated that White suffered somewhat of a setback in his recovery this week from a more minor injury, prompting the need for surgery. The team did in fact confirm that White developed a stress fracture in his shin during OTAs. Chicago’s coaching staff had hoped that White resting mixed with some rehabilitation would be enough to mend the injury, however the aches and pain retunred for White this week and the coaching staff noticed a startling drop in production from White in OTAs.

NFL rules state that by remaining on the PUP list, White is sure to be side-lined until at least mid October.  Chicago however is expecting the worst, counting on White to be a no show for his rookie season.

Ironically a little less than a day ago White seemed very optimistic about his return basically stating that he felt great and was ready to go, but he was waiting on the go-ahead from team officials.

“I feel I can play. But you’ve got to look at the coaches, trainers and if they say, ‘Kevin, give it another week,’ that’s what I have to do,” he said Friday. “Hopefully we’ll get some good news and hopefully I’ll be back out there very soon.”

Chicago, who drafted White with the seventh overall pick out of West Virginia, hoped that he could be Jay Cutler’s next Brandon Marshall, playing across from another star-in-the-making Alshon Jeffery, veteran Eddie Royal will now get handed a much bigger role in the offense.

New Bears coach John Fox was expected to lean on the run more than his predecessor, Marc Trestman. That might be especially true now that the Bears have lost White, who was expected to make an instant impact as a rookie. This is an extremely tough break for a team in transition.

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