(CBS) For the third straight year, Bears receiver Kevin White has suffered a devastating injury.
In a 23-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday, White suffered a fractured shoulder blade, coach John Fox confirmed Monday. It’s not yet known whether White will have surgery, but he will be placed on injured reserve, Fox said.
“My heart goes out to him,” Fox said. “He was pretty upset about it last night.”
This marks the third time in as many years that White, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has landed on IR. In 2015, he suffered a stress fracture in his shin that required surgery, and he didn’t appear in a game. In 2016, he played in four games before suffering a fractured fibula and needing surgery.
The trip to IR doesn’t mean White’s season is over for certain, as the Bears could designate him to return. But he must sit out at least eight weeks before returning to game action, and his status this season is in doubt.
White left in the fourth quarter Sunday after catching a pass and taking a hit to his left shoulder from Falcons cornerback Brian Poole.
The 25-year-old White has 21 catches in five career games.
White posted a message to Twitter on Monday morning.
In other Bears injury news, linebacker Jerrell Freeman has a pectoral injury in addition to being in the concussion protocol, Fox confirmed, and running back Benny Cunningham has a high ankle sprain.