Bears decide not to activate rookie wide receiver Kevin White
LAKE FOREST – When he stepped back onto the field three weeks ago to start practicing, Bears fans held out hope that the dynamic rookie might get his shot to play in 2015.
But the team is playing it safe when it comes to their No. 1 draft pick.
On Tuesday the Bears announced their decision not to activate wide receiver Kevin White and instead keeping him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The team had to make that decision by 3 PM today per NFL rules.
After surgery on his left shin during training camp, the Bears placed White on the reserve/PUP list. That gave White the opportunity to return this season with some stipulations. White had to be out the first six games of the season and then had to start practice on or before November 24th. Then the Bears had a 21-day period to have White take part in practice and at the end had to activate him or rule him out for the rest of the season.
The seventh-overall pick in this past May’s NFL Draft, White was expected to be a major playmaker in Adam Gase’s first Bears offense. In his final year at West Virginia White had 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and ten touchdowns.
An issue with his shin developed during OTA’s and didn’t heal up before training camp. After starting some light running in Bourbonnais White suffered a setback that would require surgery on the shin that caused him to be placed on the PUP list.