Bears open up opportunity for Kevin White’s debut in 2015

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Bears receiver Kevin White does some sprints during a workout at training camp in Bourbonnais in August 2015.

LAKE FOREST – In essence, the Bears are saying there is a chance.

How good of one that is still is to be determined.

On Tuesday the Bears announced that they have opened up the practice window for wide receiver and first round draft pick Kevin White. That means that the rookie has three weeks to practice with the team before a decision is made to bring him up to the active roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

That would leave the Bears until the Redskins game on December 13th to decide on the rookie.

Since training camp White has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin that was suffered during OTA’s this summer. When trying to return to the field during training camp in Bourbonnais White had a setback which forced the team to have surgery performed.

“A little more difficult because I’m not out there practicing, playing or watching film to see how I can get better,” said White about the difficulties of being injured so early in his career back on August 15th, the day of the announcement of his surgery. “It’s my first time doing this so I guess I’ll be alright.”

So what are the odds that White, the Bears’ first round pick and the seventh overall in this May’s draft, will see the field in 2015? That will all depend on his health, of course, and perhaps the need for a receiver by the Bears down the stretch.

Alshon Jeffery, who has been strong when healthy, has battled nagging injuries since the start of the season and has missed five of the team’s ten games. Eddie Royal has missed the last three contests with a knee injury and his status like Jeffery’s is still unknown for Thursday’s game in Green Bay.

White was expected to make an immediate impact on a Bears’ offense looking for a major playmaker in a new era of the franchise under general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox. In his final year at West Virginia White had 109 catches for 1,447 yards and ten touchdowns and became one of the best receivers in America.

Perhaps Bears fans will get a chance to see what he’s all about before the 2015 season comes to an end.