Kevin White, a former seventh-overall draft pick from 2015, broke a bone in his shoulder Sunday afternoon, and is headed to injured reserve. That means he'll miss a minimum six weeks, but NFL insiders expect him to miss the entire season.
Sadly, it's probably cost him his future career with the Chicago Bears.
It's a brutal blow for the Bears, who saw White suit up for just his fifth NFL game Sunday. He missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a stress fracture in his shin while participating in organized team activities. The Bears leading receiver from 2015, Cameron Meredith, tore his ACL earlier this preseason.
Per the Chicago Sun-Times, head coach John Fox said surgery is a possibility. White, a former standout at West Virginia, suffered the injury after Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley tackled White in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ season opener and he left the stadium in a sling.
The IR trip ensures White won’t return soon this season, if at all. Even if White recuperates, the Bears can only activate two players off IR, and only after eight weeks spent on the shelf.
“My heart goes out to him,” Fox said. “He was very disappointed and discouraged in the locker room after the game — for obvious reasons. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. He was pretty upset about it (Sunday) night, and they’re doing evaluations right now."
White’s shoulder injury cements what had already appeared to be an easy decision for the Bears, argued the Sun-Times, who will likely decide this upcoming offseason to decline his fifth-year option for 2019.
"White, who has 21 career catches for 193 yards, likely would have had to post a Pro Bowl-caliber season this year to be worth the option price; the Buccaneers’ receiver Mike Evans, the No. 7 pick a year before White, is scheduled to make more than $13 million in his fifth season — though that’s likely a starting point for an extension."