Bears Week 1 Injury Report: Kevin White among the eight limited on Thursday

Bears Week 1 Injury Report: Kevin White among the eight limited on Thursday
Wide receiver Kevin White #13 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on September 1, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Chicago won 21-7. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

The lone difference between Wednesday and Thursday’s Bears injury report was wide receiver Kevin White.

White had limited participation on Thursday due to a hamstring issue. It’s not a glaring concern since he was able to still practice, but at the same token, it is an injury that could linger; just ask his partner in crime Alshon Jeffery.

More clarity will likely come in Friday’s practice in terms of White’s hamstring and readiness for Sunday’s Week 1 matchup in Houston.

Other players limited again on Thursday included starters cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee), right guard Kyle Long (shoulder) and cornerback Bryce Callahan (groin).

Defensive lineman Cornelius Washington (ankle/knee), safety Deon Bush (hamstring), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (knee/ankle) and fullback Paul Lasike (wrist) were also not at 100 percent.

Center spot

Jay Cutler met with the media on Thursday and had nothing but nice things to say about second-round rookie Cody Whitehair.

“Things come naturally for him. He’s a heck of an athlete. It’s been a smooth transition for him,” Cutler said via Pro Football Weekly’s Kevin Fishbain tweet.

Further proof of Whitehair’s emergence at center came from CBS Sports’ Zach Zaidman.

After Kyle Long hyped up Whitehair on Wednesday and the Tribune’s Rich Campbell said he expected Whitehair to start at center it’s looking more and more likely that Whitehair does.

It would be like the Bears to list Ted Larsen as the first-team center, but wind up starting Whitehair.

In the long term, Whitehair is the guy in the middle and clearly, they think he’s ready. I think so too, the guy has a ton of experience after playing at a high level at Kansas State over the last four seasons.

Opponent’s injury report

The Texans injury report stayed the same on Thursday with Duane Brown (knee) out, defensive end J.J. Watt (back) and rookie wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) limited and linebacker Akeem Dent (concussion) and tackle Derek Newton (hamstring) practicing in full.

Next update

Bears’ head coach John Fox will meet with the media on Friday.

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