Kevin White is back on the IR for second straight season

Kevin White is back on the IR for second straight season
Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White (13) makes a reception against Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs (28) in the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

Kevin White is injured. We are back to square one with the 2015 No. 7 overall pick again this season.

After spending his entire rookie year on injured reserve with a stress fracture in his left shin, White finds himself back on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula/severe high ankle sprain, per general manager Ryan Pace. It’s the same leg, his left that he dealt with an injury a year ago. It’s an unrelated issue though.

White suffered the injury in last week’s home win over the Lions. He had a team-high 19 catches for 187 yards and one carry for nine yards in four starts this season.

It’s an awful misfortune for White, a powerful 6’3″, 216-pounder who showed ability to make plays after the catch the past two weeks with 117 yards on 12 receptions.

The second-year West Virginia is a candidate to return, but the Bears must decide between him and Kyle Fuller who was placed on injured reserve last week. It’s one or the other.

According to the latest NFL collective bargaining agreement, a designated injured player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on the injured reserve list for at least six weeks from the date he was placed on the list. He is then eligible to return to the active list if has been on injured reserve for at least eight weeks from the date he was placed on it., a designated injured player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on the injured reserve list for at least six weeks from the date he was placed on the list. He is then eligible to return to the active list if has been on injured reserve for at least eight weeks from the date he was placed on it.

That means White could be back in Week 13 vs. San Francisco if he is healthy enough to return/not placed on season-ending injured reserve. Fuller on the other hand, can return to play in Week 12 vs. Tennessee with the same circumstances.

The bottom line is Alshon Jeffery is going to be counted on a lot more even if he isn’t at full health. Then, it comes down to slot receiver Eddie Royal and White’s replacement Cameron Meredith, who has flashed some skills as of late. Tight end Zach Miller and running back Jordan Howard will be looked upon as well in the passing game. Deep threat Deonte Thompson is someone else to pay attention to.

Another wide receiver that we shouldn’t forget about is third-year man Marquess Wilson. He has been on the PUP list with a foot injury, but is eligible to return after Week 6.

Surgery seems likely for White, so either way, expect the Bears to lean on Meredith, Thompson and potentially Wilson, if he returns to 100 percent. Josh Bellamy and practice squad rookie Daniel Braverman are also two options down the stretch.

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