Kevin White says he’s ready to begin his Chicago Bears career now, but the rookie receiver trying to remain patient and diligent on the team’s cautious timetable for returning from a left shin injury that has sidelined him since mid-June.
White, this year’s seventh-overall draft pick, spoke publicly Friday afternoon for the first time since the Bears shut him down during their spring practices. He said his shin does not have a stress fracture, and he indicated the next stage is his recovery plan will be determined during a meeting with trainers and coaches in Bourbonnais as early as Saturday.
“Yeah, I feel I could play, but I got to listen to the coaches, trainers. If they just say, ‘Kevin, give it another week,’ or whatever it is, then that’s what I have to do. Hopefully we’ll get some good news, and hopefully I’ll be back out there very soon."
White's injury is even more important now that Alshon Jeffery is out with a calf strain. It's not a great start for the rookie, but he's very talented and should make an immediate impact if he plays starter's snaps.