The Bears announced on Tuesday that rookie wide receiver Kevin White will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the final three games of the 2015 season and will not be suiting up for anymore practices or playing in any games.
White, drafted seventh overall in April’s draft, has been dealing with a stress fracture in his shin since training camp, an injury that required surgery and has kept him out of action all season.
White began practicing with the team on Nov. 24, and the Bears were given a 21-day window to determine whether to activate him to the roster or shelf him for the rest of the season. Once that window closed on Tuesday, the team chose the latter.
As promising as it appeared that White was on the practice field, the reality is that he just wasn’t in proper football shape to risk himself to further — possibly unrelated — injuries. Had he attempted to play in a game, the lack of strength in his left leg could have led him to overcompensate, thus putting stress on other body parts.
In the long run, the Bears, and White, are likely better off that he’ll have another full offseason to get into game shape for next season. And even though he wasn’t able to help the team this season, the bonus effect is that it’ll be like the Bears have an extra first-round draft pick next year.