Bears Place Kevin White On Injured Reserve With Fractured Fibula

By Chris Emma–

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — For the second straight year, Bears receiver Kevin White has seen his season cut drastically short by a serious injury.

White has been placed on the injured reserve with fractured fibula resulting from a severe left ankle sprain, Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirmed Wednesday. Surgery is a possibility, though that hasn’t been decided upon yet as White and the team will seek a second opinion.

“He was obviously down,” Bears coach John Fox said of White. “It was kind of news. It started out as a high ankle sprain. They looked at it even further and the fibula was fractured and we gotta deal with it. There are a couple different options and we’re looking into that now.”
The move to IR came three days after White suffered the injury in Sunday’s win against the Lions, in which he had six catches for 55 yards in starting to show some consistency. He was injured on a five-yard reception in the third quarter. He immediately called for a trainer, returning to the sidelines and slamming his helmet away.

White could be eligible to come off IR late in the season, but the Bears aren’t committing to any sort of timeline for a return this season, if that’s even in the picture at all.

Under the new rules, only one player can be designated for a return, which means either White or 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller will be shelved for the season.

This continues a trend of bad injury news for White, who sat out his entire 2015 rookie campaign with a stress fracture in that same left leg.

White was Pace’s first draft pick in his Bears tenure, being selected seventh overall in 2015. White has 19 catches for 187 yards in four career games.

With White on the sidelines, the Bears will be moving forward with Cam Meredith playing a key role. Marquess Wilson is also set to return from the physically-unable-to-perform list after Week 6.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for a good teammate,” Meredith said on Wednesday. “He’s going to go through the process and hopefully he’s back out here as soon as possible but right now I’ve got to step up and being ready.”

Wednesday also brought the Bears to work without receiver Eddie Royal (calf) and tight end Zach Miller (ribs). Their statuses for Sunday’s game will be updated later in the week.

The Bears (1-3) battle the Colts (1-3) on Sunday in Indianapolis.

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

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