CHICAGO – When it comes to their first round draft pick from this past spring, the new Bears regime has had their lips sealed.
Tight. Really tight, in fact.
It wasn’t until late in training camp that General Manager Ryan Pace revealed that Kevin White indeed had a stress fracture in his shin and it would require surgery that puts his season in doubt. The same kind of secrecy might have been expected when White would go under the knife to repair the shin that has kept him off the field since OTA’s in June.
But the receiver was a little more free with the information this time.
On Sunday evening White tweeted out that he has undergone surgery on his shin and in his mind it went well. His tweet to his account @mrkevinwhite is below.
Successful surgery. Thanks to my family, the bears organization, friends and the fans that's supporting me. I Can't wait to get back!! 🙏🏽🐻
— Kevin White (@mrkevinwhite) August 23, 2015
White will remain on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season. Since he is on the list White must miss the Bears’ first six games of the season. Then the Bears have a five-week window which they can bring the receiver back to practice.
Once White would return to practice the Bears would have a 21-day window to put him on the active roster. Should the team decided White isn’t healthy, than he would be placed on PUP for the season.
White, the Bears’ 7th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was expected to be one of the starting receivers this season. At West Virginia he quickly became one of the best receivers in the country, catching 144 passes for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns in two season with the Mountaineers.