According to multiple sources, Bears first-round pick Kevin White did some light running at Thursday’s practice. The rookie wide receiver has been sidelined since before training camp with a stress fracture in his shin.
White was placed on the PUP list prior to the start of the season, meaning he is still eligible to return to action this season if he is cleared to play. But there aren’t a whole lot of people holding their breath for that to happen.
“I’m kind of vague, not optimistic, not pessimistic, just one day at a time,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “We’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it.”
White’s injury was stressful for Bears fans tired of seeing first round picks turn into busts. But I’d be careful to lump White in with failed picks under past regimes. White’s injury seemed far more like an isolated incident than a repeated pattern.
“They are continuing to rehab,” Fox noted. “He’s progressing to where he can get on the grass a little bit. He’s not been activated. He’s still reserve PUP.”
If the Bears somehow continue to outperform expectations, White’s likelihood of returning to action this season will improve. But if the Bears tank and are out of the playoff hunt sooner than later, the team would likely consider placing the receiver on season-ending injured reserve.
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