Bears Receiver Kevin White Dealing With Hamstring Injury

By Chris Emma–

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Just a few days shy of what would be his first regular-season game, Bears receiver Kevin White is dealing with a hamstring ailment.

Bears coach John Fox confirmed that White was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. He declined to delve into details.

“Not being a surgeon or a doctor, they just tell me hamstring and that’s what I report to you guys,” Fox said.

White practiced in full Wednesday, which would indicate that his injury occurred in Thursday’s work. The Bears don’t have to indicate White’s status for Sunday’s game in Houston until Friday’s injury report, which now offers labels of questionable, doubtful and out.

Sticking to his protocol, Fox didn’t discuss the details of White’s potential timetable for a return.

“That’s hard to do, is put timelines on it,” Fox said. “Everybody’s different, everybody heals different. The severity of it is different. Rather than confusing a bunch of people, I just keep it basic.”

The Bears expect White to be a key part of their offense in 2016. He is set as the team’s No. 2 receiver alongside Alshon Jeffery.

White missed his entire rookie season to due a shin injury, which required surgery in August 2015. He was placed on the PUP list and remained on it until December, when he was placed on season-ending injury reserved.

Looking to 2016, the Bears have high hopes for White.

“We’re going to put him in positions to succeed,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. “We’re not just going to throw him out there and hope for the best. We know what Kevin can do well. We’re going to try and put him in those positions where he can do well.”

For now, the Bears are hoping that White is healthy enough in Week 1 to show what he can do well.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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