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Chicago Bears: White could miss extended time due to ankle injury

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:31
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Oct 2, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White (13) is tackled by Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs (28) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin White finally looked comfortable and effective in Sunday’s win over the Lions, posting six catches for 55 yards. Aside from the stats, he was making himself available for Brian Hoyer early in the game, running solid routes, and bringing serious aggression to defenders when he had the ball in his hands. So, naturally, he got injured in the middle of the best game of his young career. And from the looks of it, we won’t be seeing him for a while. According to Network insider Ian Rapaport, Monday’s MRI results have revealed that White’s left ankle injury looks to be fairly serious and likely will keep him sidelined for multiple weeks. This particular injury issue is said to affect White’s ankle rather than the surgically reinforced shin in the same leg that forced the rookie to miss all of last season. However, many began to fear bad news after the Bears declined to reveal anything regarding the MRI results despite likely having an idea as to the severity of the injury by yesterday at least. While it’s typically been John Fox’s MO to keep injury news as secret as possible, the radio silence regarding White’s injury, which ran counter to their handling of Eddie Goldman, Jeremy Langford, and even Jay Cutler’s injuries, felt as if they were trying to figure out how best to break bad news as Bryan Perez from Bearswire suggested yesterday (see below). It’s a tough setback for a player that desperately needed a healthy season after not seeing any NFL action in his first year as a Bear. Battling a steep learning curve throughout training camp and his first few regular season game—running incorrect routes that lead to interceptions, dropping throws, struggling to uncover against NFL defensive backs—he appeared to be establishing a rapport with Brian Hoyer, who targeted him 21 times in his first two starts at quarterback as opposed to getting 13 targets (still respectable) from Cutler. In his absence, it will likely be up to Alshon Jeffery, who has been somewhat neglected by Hoyer (12 targets to White’s 21), and Eddie Royal, who is coming off a seven-catch, 111-yard, one TD game, to step up in his absence. Zach Miller, who has now caught three TDs in his last two games, could also be in line for more work if Hoyer continues to start. Interestingly, White’s uncertain health also means that the Bears are likely still no closer to solving the dilemma that is Jeffery’s future with the team. Though Jeffery has not had a breakout season in his contract year as yet, though that’s hardly his fault, can the Bears afford to let him leave in free agency if White cannot truly establish himself as a potential #1 receiver/can’t stay on the field? But that’s a question that can better be answered later… For now, let’s hope for a quick recovery for White and that, when he does return, he can quickly regain the momentum that he’s now lost.

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