Here’s a quick observation of first-round pick Kevin White and how he has fared through three weeks of training camp.
White’s rookie season is in jeopardy because of a stress fracture he suffered in his left shin during organized team activities (OTAs). Instead of opting for surgery in June, the Bears prohibited White from running or practicing in an attempt to allow the fracture to heal itself. In turn, White began camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The decision backfired.
After being "pain-free" for several weeks, White experienced a setback shortly after he began lightly running on Aug. 10. The Bears then determined White needed surgery and would have to begin the regular season on the active PUP list.
Per NFL rules, White has to miss a minimum of six games, but general manager Ryan Pace admitted the first-round pick could sit out the entire season.
"Guys, honestly, is there a chance that he misses the season? That's a possibility," Pace said. "I want to make sure we do this the right way, not rush him back. Sometimes I feel like you have to protect them from themselves."
White said he hopes he can play at some point this season, but he also said he will listen to his body.
"If I can come back and am able to play a little bit in the season, we'll do it, if I'm feeling OK," White said. "But just following through. If they want me out there, then I'll try my best to get out there. I want to come back as soon as possible. ... If it's this season, then great. If it's next season, then I'll just have to wait."