If you were excited to see rookie wide receiver Kevin White on the field this season for the Chicago Bears, we have some bad news.
Despite a report that White could be activated as early as Sunday, the Chicago Tribune has learned that the Bears will shut down the rookie for the remainder of the season. White participated in 11-on-11 drills in practice this week and was even in pregame warmups before Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
But now, he won’t even get the chance to play in a game this season. Dan Wiederer reports:
White’s recovery from August surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg has progressed as the team had hoped, if not better. The young receiver has made marked improvement with his movement, shown signs of burst as his running has increased and worked through bouts of weakness in his left leg to gain more confidence in his acceleration and agility.
But the Bears have no plan to clear White for action this season, despite growing outside curiosity as to whether his NFL debut could occur in the next four weeks.
The Bears will now place him back on the PUP list and he will try to recover again. With the news, one has to wonder if White possibly re-injured his leg or if he’s simply just not ready yet.
Whatever it is, it’s been a disappointment as it would have been nice to see him on the field for at least a few games this season.