Kevin White may have to wait at least one more week before he plays in his first NFL game.
The Chicago Bears’ top pick from 2015 missed his entire rookie season because of a stress fracture in his left shin. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson is reporting that White is questionable for their season opener with a hamstring injury.
When Bears head coach John Fox was asked about it, he didn’t want to discuss the issue.
“I’m not going to get into whether he’s playing or not, because we won’t,” Fox told Dickerson. “But I think, really, whether he played last year or not really doesn’t have any effect on whether he’s ready this week or not.”
“I think everybody’s different, you know. I think some people deal with it different than others. Obviously that’s a muscle group that’s important, especially in top-end running. We’ll kind of evaluate that as we get closer. We don’t have to make those decisions until an hour-and-a-half before kickoff, and we probably won’t.”
The Bears offense has looked disjointed throughout the preseason and now they could be missing one of their expected key contributors. White was their leading receiver in the preseason, but only managed 3 catches for 74 yards.
No. 1 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has also dealt with injuries throughout his career. At one time, Chicago was looking to build an offensive juggernaut with Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Jeffery and quarterback Jay Cutler. It never materialized, and former head coach Marc Trestman lasted for only two seasons.
Since then, the Bears have traded Marshall and chosen not to re-sign Forte. When they hired Fox to be their head coach they were supposed to build the running game and and a strong defense, but this will be Jeremy Langford’s first season as a featured back, defensive end Pernell McPhee is hurt and defensive end Leonard Floyd is not living up to the expectations of being a top-10 pick.
With Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater going down, it looked like a spot had opened up in the NFC North. It remains to been seen if the Bears will be able to fill it.